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Obamacare, immigration reform may make immigrants cheaper to hire than citizens

Posted By admin On August 22, 2013 @ 6:07 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

Washington Examiner [1]
Aug 22, 2013

Would it be cheaper for U.S. companies to hire newly legalized immigrants instead of Americans, as immigration-reform [2] legislation pending in Congress would allow? This being Washington, the answer is both “yes” and “not exactly.”

Two months after the Senate approved a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. immigration system, confusion reigns over whether the reforms — combined with changes wrought by Obamacare [3] – give immigrants an edge over U.S. citizens in the job market. It’s a potential political landmine for immigration-reform supporters, though congressional policy aides and a Congressional Research Service report obtained by the Washington Examiner suggest that the problem may not be as great as many fear.

If Congress approves a Senate bill that creates a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, those immigrants would be granted legal status as “Registered Provisional Immigrants.” They would be legal but barred from collecting health care [4] benefits available under Obamacare. And because the Affordable Care Act also requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health benefits at a capped price, it could be cheaper for those companies to hire newly legalized immigrants rather than citizens who are eligible for Obamacare benefits.

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[1] Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-immigration-reform-may-make-immigrants-cheaper-to-hire-than-citizens/article/2534563

[2] immigration-reform: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/section/immigration

[3] Obamacare: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/section/obamacare

[4] health care: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/section/health-care

[5] Illegal immigrants who commit crimes face lesser punishment than U.S. citizens: http://www.prisonplanet.com/illegal-immigrants-who-commit-crimes-face-lesser-punishment-than-u-s-citizens.html

[6] Immigration reform could add millions under Obama health law: http://www.prisonplanet.com/immigration-reform-could-add-millions-under-obama-health-law.html

[7] Report: Hidden Tariff On American Citizens In New Immigration Bill: Millions More Stand To Lose Their Jobs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-hidden-tariff-on-american-citizens-in-new-immigration-bill-millions-more-stand-to-lose-their-jobs.html

[8] “Obamacare Is to Health Reform What Bank Bailouts Are to Financial System Reform, Which Is to Say it Is the Opposite of What its Name Implies”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obamacare-is-to-health-reform-what-bank-bailouts-are-to-financial-system-reform-which-is-to-say-it-is-the-opposite-of-what-its-name-implies.html

[9] Avoid Obamacare: Hire an Illegal Alien: http://www.prisonplanet.com/avoid-obamacare-hire-an-illegal-alien.html

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