California Could Offer State Medicaid Benefits To Illegal Aliens

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June 10, 2018

Some California lawmakers are determined to pass legislation that encourages more illegal migration to California. In October of 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 into law, effectively making California a "sanctuary state" by standardizing statewide non-cooperation policies between California law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities.

Now, both chambers in the California legislature have voted to lift a requirement of legal residency in California in order to receive the state version of Medicaid. 
 
That's right, if promising sanctuary for illegal aliens wasn't enough of a draw for more illegal migration to California, now the California legislature is poised to pass legislation that would offer taxpayer-funded Medicaid to people without legal residency in the state. 
 
The Daily Signal reports on both pieces of legislation in the California Assembly: 

The separate bills in the state Assembly and state Senate come as the state faces a lawsuit from several of its own counties over its controversial “sanctuary state” policy, which shields illegal immigrants from deportation by prohibiting local law enforcement from cooperating fully with federal immigration officials.

That policy has been roundly criticized by the Trump administration as being soft on illegal immigration and placing American citizens and legal residents in danger from criminal illegal immigrants.

The Medicaid-eligibility expansion, which was introduced in the lower house as AB 2965 by Democratic Assemblymen Joaquin Arambula and Tony Thurmond, sailed through the Assembly on May 30 on a vote of 47-25.

Both legal and illegal immigration have helped drive California's swelling population growth to nearly 40 million people. More population growth in California has meant more pollution, more degradation of our environmental treasures, more traffic, overcrowded schools, higher taxes, longer waits at emergency rooms, and more job competition.

The Daily Signal goes on to quote the media director from the Federation for American Immigration Reform on the possible impact this policy could have on illegal immigration in California: 
“The best way to deal with illegal immigration is not to worry about, or figure out how to pay for, needs like health care, but to discourage people from breaking the law and bringing their kids here in the first place,” Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, told Fox News.
It's pretty clear, offering valued social services with no proof of citizenship or legal residency is not how California can discourage illegal immigration or stabilize its population growth. 

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