There’s Still More California Can Do for Illegal Aliens?

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Screen shot 2015-04-08 at 12.30.46 PMIf you thought that there was nothing more California could do to protect illegal aliens or provide them with expensive public benefits, you’d be wrong. Very wrong.

California already gives illegal aliens driver’s licenses, professional licenses, in-state tuition benefits, Cal Grants to supplement the in-state tuition fees, prohibits state and local police from honoring most ICE detainer requests, to name just a few.

So what’s left? Surprisingly, members of the California Legislature have found at least ten more benefits and services that the state can bestow on illegal aliens. The illegal alien caucus in the Legislature – which is pretty much all of them – has a ten-bill package of new goodies for illegal aliens that they hope to enact into law this year.

Topping the list of initiatives is getting every illegal alien in the state taxpayer-funded health insurance. One bill would make the estimated 1.5 million uninsured illegal aliens in California eligible for Medi-Cal, the state-run health care program for the poor. For the estimated 300,000 illegal aliens whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medi-Cal, State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has a bill that would seek federal permission for them to buy subsidized health insurance through the state exchange set up under Obamacare.

Illegal aliens are explicitly excluded from purchasing insurance through state exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act, but the Obama administration rarely lets a little thing like the law get in the way of doing what it wants. But, just in case, Lara proposes that California establish a separate health insurance exchange if the feds deny California’s request.

A similar proposal stalled last year when legislative analysts estimated that covering illegal aliens would cost as much as $1.4 billion. But, Lara assures the public, he has trimmed some of the bell and whistles in his new proposal in deference to being “serious about our governor’s call to be frugal in how we conduct our business.”

Other items on the Legislature’s ten-point list include:

  • New civil rights protections for illegal aliens.
  • Requiring police to fill out applications for T and U visas on behalf of illegal aliens who are victims of certain crimes. This bill, SB 674, is co-sponsored by Senate Leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego).

If these legislators have their way, what happens in California won’t stay in California, but will become a model for the nation. “Our message to other states and to members of Congress in Washington, D.C., is that there’s nothing to be afraid of,” says de León.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

12 Comments

  1. avatar

    I’d like to see Banifornia/Taxifornia/Mexifornia secede from the USA to form its own unachievable utopian Third World craphole.

    Banifornia may have 10% of the USA’s population; but I’m sick of that nanny-state dictating to the rest of the country what should be done and not done. I look at Mexifornia as the ‘tail wagging the dog.’

  2. avatar

    When medi-cal goes bankrupt from paying for all the illegals, guess who’s going to have to pick up the bill. You guessed it the American Taxpayer !!!!!

  3. avatar
    Gary Marquis on

    If you notice after each spanish name, there is a. D FOR DEMOCRACT. THERE IS NOT ONE R FOR REPUBLICAN. CALIFORNIA WILL NEVER SEE A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR IN MY LIFE TIME.

  4. avatar
    Gary Marquis on

    If you notice after each spanish name, there is a. D FOR DEMOCRACT. THERE IS NOT ONE R FOR REPUBLICAN. CALIFFORNIA WILL NEVER SEE A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR IN MY LIFE TIME.

    • avatar
      James. Richardson on

      Hello. For those of you who use are sick of carrying so many others and would enjoy a nice vacation in the upper Midwest. Send me an e mail of your intent and requirements. I have room for 25 self contained travel vehicles. The cost is zero. Jrich2529@gmail.com. 608-269-1912. Jim

    • avatar
      Deskandchairs on

      I’ve done my part. I took my lifetime of California earnings and retired out of state.

  5. avatar

    And the exodus continues. Pretty soon, they’re going to account for 100% of the population. Wonder how Sr. Brown is going to pay out when nobody’s paying IN.

  6. avatar

    “Our message to other states and to members of Congress in Washington DC is that there’s nothing to be afraid of”. says [Senate Leader] Kevin de Leon.

    Well, if being one of the most taxed states in the country is nothing to be afraid of, how about the fact that businesses and middle and upper class natives are fleeing the state to avoid those taxes. Plus the state has the largest unfunded pension liability in the country. The answer is always “we have a balanced budget”. Of course you do. Because you raise taxes yet again and more people move, leaving the impoverished illegals you seem to think are some economic plus.

    There’s seems to be some mass delusion in that state. They are all but out of water, while Governor Brown tells every Mexican, legal or illegal, that they are “welcome” to move there. Housing prices are so high that even working professionals in many areas are priced out.

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      CintonGaveIllegalsCalifornia on

      Illegal immigrants have afforded the high real estate prices in California for decades! They can afford it because they take all the jobs and sign up for every welfare program simultaneously. When you don’t have to obey any laws, why not?

      Bill Clinton is responsible for this travesty. He reversed proposition 187 (now considered racist legislation). It’s all because Hilary wants to play act as Eva Peron. But a country of people–white, Hispanic or other–will never love Hilary–she simply is not sexy or lovable.

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