America is facing its highest level of illegal border crossings in its history, with likely over two million such crossings since President Biden took office.
In the midst of the crisis, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that, thanks to a newfound budget surplus, California will expand free healthcare to all illegal immigrants regardless of age, criminal record, or how or when they entered the country.
Why would Newsom provide such an enticement amid this crisis? Because he and Biden are implementing the far-left dream of open borders.
The idea of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was once considered a fringe left idea endorsed only by the “Squad” in Congress. But the fringe is now mainstream in the Democratic Party. The Biden administration’s lax border controls combined with California’s offer of free healthcare to those who come proves that the party has now fully embraced open borders.
It was not that long ago when Democrats like Diane Feinstein and Republicans like Marco Rubio worked together to try to find a reasonable solution to deal with America’s massive illegal immigration problem. The solution always revolved around a combination of ensuring that America’s borders were secure, and then providing certain rights and a pathway to legal status for those already here.
Such a balance was considered critical since naturally the pathway would be a lure to new immigrants. But that was then. Democrats are now opening the borders wider than ever and luring them at the same time. They have pulled this off without any measurable support from the American people or passing a single law.
Immigrants have been taught to no longer attempt to evade border patrol, but rather to turn themselves into the patrol and seek “asylum” in the U.S. This was a rare occurrence until word got out during the Obama administration that the U.S. was allowing these seekers to remain in the U.S. while their case was being processed.
The vast majority did not qualify for asylum, which is limited only to those who can “establish that race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion was or will be at least one central reason for persecuting the applicant” in their country of origin. Fleeing poverty or crime, as most at our southern border are, does not meet the standard.
But that does not matter, because under Obama, and now again under Biden, simply seeking it is a ticket into the US where they remain for years as their case winds through the overwhelmed U.S. immigration system. And, of course, while Europeans and other international travelers were barred from entering the country due to COVID concerns, no such ban applied to those wading across the Rio Grande—not even a test or vaccine requirement!
The Trump administration wisely put a stop to it by requiring such seekers to remain in Mexico while they awaited their hearing. It also implemented the sensible rule that asylum seekers must seek asylum in the first country to which they flee, which is now most often Mexico, not the U.S.
On his first day in office, Biden reversed these policies through an executive order. It was no doubt drafted by a member of the far-left progressive staff put in place under his power sharing deal with Bernie Sanders cut during the campaign. The Supreme Court ruled that Biden’s reversal of the policy failed to follow proper administrative rule-making procedures. But the administration has moved at such a snail’s pace to comply with the ruling that it is flirting with being held in contempt of the Supreme Court.
The Mexican drug cartels have been the biggest beneficiaries of the policy. No one makes it to the U.S. border without paying the cartels, often as much as $10,000 per person. Very rough math puts cartel human trafficking profits at about $10 billion under Biden.
Now along comes Newsom to add the additional carrot of free healthcare to anyone who can make it across. The plan will cost $2.2 billion. Where does he get the money? From the Biden administration, of course! Newsom was able to proudly report a budget surplus because California received $27 billion under the pandemic relief law Biden signed in March.
This allotment was by far the largest for any state; almost twice that of the next closest. Why so much? Because Congress used state unemployment numbers as the basis for determining the amount of aid. California has the highest unemployment rate in the country thanks to its anti-business regulations and strict COVID lockdowns. The $27 billion came at just the right time, allowing Newsom to sweep under the rug the $20 billion his administration blew on fraudulent unemployment claims it failed to catch.
So, the word is now out not just about America’s open border, but the fact that its largest state, which happens to border Mexico, treats illegal immigrants as if they were taxpaying citizens in good standing by now providing both free education and free healthcare.
The move is especially galling considering that California is failing its legal residents in providing the most basic services expected from the government. Crime is up dramatically under Newsom. California is at the bottom in student-to-teacher ratios and on student proficiency tests. Its road conditions and traffic problems rank among the worst in the country. It leads the country in both homelessness and unemployment.
But these problems are too small to interest Newsom. His focus is on saving the planet through green energy laws and redistributing Californians’ earnings to all international travelers willing to pay a drug cartel to bring them to our border.
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