The federal minimum wage, which was last increased in 2009 to its current $7.25 an hour, has been the subject of renewed interest on Capitol Hill and around the country.
In case you missed it, PRRI’s latest immigration survey report, What Americans (Still) Want From Immigration Reform, received significant national media coverage last week! Be sure to check out some thoughtful takes on the findings at The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, NPR, NBC, MSNBC, NBC Latino, Fox News Latino, The L.A. Times, and Time.
The Supreme Court says it will hear a case challenging the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, the first legal challenge to the law it has taken up since its split 5-4 decision to uphold the basic underpinnings of the law last year.
While immigration reform legislation has experienced its ups and downs during 2013, recent surveys have shown that American views on immigration have not budged over the course of the year.
Despite the ups and downs of the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, public support for a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally has remained steady throughout 2013.
Prominently featured both online and in The New York Times print edition today is an article by Julia Preston on PRRI’s latest report, What Americans (Still) Want from Immigration Reform, released just today at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference!
Although immigration reform policy is complex and continues to evolve, the Senate bill that passed in June (S-744) includes three key features: a 13-year waiting period before immigrants may become full citizens, an estimated $4,000 in mandatory fines and fees to be paid over the course of the citizenship process, and a $46 billion investment in increased border security. While there is consensus around some provisions, on others, views differ sharply by political affiliation.
In the face of inaction by the House, Julia Preston’s latest for The New York Times features PRRI’s Hispanic Values Survey findings in exploring debates among immigrants currently living in the United States illegally over whether to hold out for a citizenship-only legislative approach or to settle for more protections that stop short of citizenship.
Making the distinction between being an atheist and identifying as religiously unaffiliated may seem minor, but the difference between the two is surprisingly significant in the minds of many Americans.