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VAWA Renewal Is Latest Victim in Immigration War
Women's rights advocates, members of Congress and others are speaking out against the pared-down update by the Repulican-led House to the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which has some worried that out of fear of their legal status in the country, victims of domestic violence will no longer report incidents. The GOP's version of the bill strips away the anonymity for victims and witnesses of domestic abuse who are applying for residency visas. The House-version of the bill was passed Wednesday in a mostly partisan vote, 222 to 205.
Obama's Health Care Law Will Give New Access to Legal Immigrants
In 2014, the Affordable Care Act's key provisions will take effect giving new health care coverage options to millions of currently uninsured U.S. citizens, including legal immigrants. While the law excludes illegal immigrants, they still make up a large part of the remaining uninsured population, which states will have to figure out how to reach somehow, Politico reports.