Your AP(Eye) on the Hill: Fake Health Centers, big win for workers, immigration
Published: March 23, 2018
Published: March 23, 2018
- Supreme Court hears oral arguments for case on fake women’s health centers
- Bipartisan spending bill blocks rule that would have stolen tips from workers
- House Republican introduces bill threatening family immigration system
- Activists pressure Secretary Azar to fire Scott Lloyd
Supreme Court hears oral arguments for case on fake women’s health centers
On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments for NIFLA vs. Becerra, a case examining whether or not fake women’s health centers, otherwise known as “crisis pregnancy centers,” in California should have to state that they are not medically licensed facilities. The plaintiff, a prominent anti-abortion organization, funds thousands of fake women’s health centers that use manipulation, shaming, and deception with theintention of coercing women out of having abortions. These fake women’s healthcenters pose as medical facilities, often setting up in low-income areas and close to real abortion clinics, and provide false information about pregnancy and a woman’s pregnancy options. A decision on this case is expected to be released in mid- to late June.
Bipartisan spending bill blocks rule that would have stolen tips from workers
In December, the Trump administration’s Department of Labor issued a new ruleenabling restaurant owners, instead of restaurant workers, to collect and pocket tips from customers. A large proportion of tipped workers are women, especially women of color and a disproportionate number of AAPI women work in the restaurant industry. This week Senator Patty Murray introduced a bipartisan amendment to Congress’ omnibus spending bill that essentially blocks the Department of Labor’s proposed rule and ensures that tips belong to workers instead of restaurant owners, though restaurant owners are still allowed to pool tips with other employees.
- Read a report by the National Employment Law Project on how much servers rely on tips to earn a living
- Read more about why the rule would have hurt working class Americans
- See the percentage of tipped workers who are women, state by state
House Republican introduces bill threatening family immigration system
The Department of Homeland Security has officially proposed new rules that would make it harder for immigrants who have been on public benefits programs to obtain permanent residency. According to the new rules, immigration officers could look at an immigrants enrollment in certain public benefits programs such as food assistance to determine if they constitute a “public charge” and weigh that information against them in their application to become citizens. Since 1999, authorities have been barred from using such information to determine an immigrant’s eligibility of staying in the country. Also under current law, immigrants, while paying taxes, must wait five years from arrival into the U.S. before being able to access public benefits programs at all.
Judge rules US Government cannot block abortion access for undocumented teens
Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA) recently introduced the anti-immigrant bill, H.R. 4760, a bill that would end our family-based immigration system by stripping the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor their adult children, parents, and siblings. It would also take away the ability of lawful permanent residents to sponsor their adult unmarried children, cutting off family members who have been waiting for years and decades to reunite with their loved ones. H.R. 4760 would also massively ramp up deportations by further militarizing the border, increasing the criminalization of immigrants, attacking sanctuary cities, and stripping due process protections. Fortunately, the bill has not yet received enough support to pass the House, but leadership continues to try to gather support for the measure.
- Call your Member of Congress and urge them to vote no on this harmful bill
- Read an op-ed on how this bill would be a huge step backwards in immigration
Activists pressure Secretary Azar to fire Scott Lloyd
On March 15, NAPAWF and over 20 organizations led by All*Above All and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health delivered over 270,000 petition signatures to the Department of Health and Human Services demanding Secretary Azar to fire Scott Lloyd. Scott Lloyd, the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, implemented an unconstitutional no-abortion policy for immigrants in his custody, resulting in blocking young women known as Jane Doe, Roe, Poe, and Moe from obtaining abortion care. A known anti-choice activist, he also regularly interferes with young immigrants health decisions, sending them to fake women’s health centers or personally meeting with them to persuade them out of having abortions. The next day, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called out Scott Lloyd on the Senate floor denouncing his actions.