Saturday, April 29, 2006

This Week's Recommended Reading

From Ash:

I almost didn't post this morning -- because I wanted to make sure you read Po and my post from yesterday on immigration. Once you've read that, I've got a few news articles of general interest -- but, in light of the Monday marches and boycotts, I more strongly recommend taking a look at some sources of information regarding immigration.

The Pew Center's Reports on Hispanics in America offer solid research on the number of undocumented immigrants, their lives, etc.

And for basic understanding of the policy issues on how to address immigration, try the Migration Policy Institute. Some of it gets pretty wonky, but if you're just trying to figure out what is actually being debated on Capitol Hill, you can start and end with their "side-by-side" analysis -- an easy-to-understand chart on the proposed immigration legislation, which highlights the differences between the various bills. (And note that none of them address Po's and my complaint -- none of them address the Mexican government's liability or participation in migration.)

Other social issue news of note:

AP reported this week on a new study had shown a continued increase in the number of those in the US without health insurance and that -- not surprisingly -- those without insurance received considerably less care -- from less visits to physicians to skipping needed medications.

Then, according to Reuters, another new study cast light on just how difficult social mobility really is: a child born into a poor family has just a 1% chance of becoming rich, while a child in a rich family has a 22% chance of being a rich adult.

The Recorder reported on what seemed to be a surprisingly honest forum for women attorneys. The message to the women: if you have kids, the clients still have to come first . . . and for God's sake, don't tell us about the kids because we don't care. So much for the pretense of a work-life balance.

And showing we're not the only ones struggling with what to do with immigrants --

Reuters reported that the Italian government had sent letters to the homes of 600,000 newborn babies -- congratulating their parents and informing them of their entitlement to a 1000 euro bonus that would be sent from the government created to spur births in a country with one of the world's lowest birth rates. But at least 3000 of the bonuses went to immigrant families who aren't eligible for the money, which is just for Italian babies, and now the government is saying that those immigrant families have to give the money back.


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