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Medicaid Maladies, the Widening Racial Income Gap, and the Public's Real Views on Immigration

With the new requirement that Medicaid recipients present an ID to receive benefits, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has found that 3 to 5 million legal citizens are at risk of losing health coverage because they don't own a passport or birth certificate required under the law. They include a state-by-state breakdown of Medicaid coverage in each state that are effected by the change.

In its Economic Snapshot series, the Economic Policy Institute that the weak post-2000 labor market has reversed progress in the racial income gap. In 2000, African American families were making 63.5% of the average white family income, but that slipped to 62% by 2004, reflecting rising unemployment in the economy.

What the Public Really Wants on Immigration (pdf), a new indepth survey of public opinion by The Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress, finds that the public is concerned about illegal immigration and wants greater enforcement at the border, but also favor reform that creates a path towards citizenship for immigrants who are already in the country.