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Arizona Gov. Ducey: Kamala Harris is the ‘worst possible choice’ to fix border crisis

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey slammed Vice President Kamala Harris after learning that President Joe Biden was tapping Harris to oversee the effort to resolve the border crisis.

Ducey said Harris is “the worst possible choice” to lead the efforts and added that Harris just “flat out” doesn’t care about the border crisis.

“At no point in her career has [Harris] given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat,” Ducey told reporters Wednesday in Tucson.

“If President Biden’s intent was to show that he’s taking this issue seriously, he’s really done the exact opposite,” Ducey said, adding that the president had “completely trivialized the issue by putting someone in charge who flat out just doesn’t care.”

The Republican governor’s comments came hours after Biden tapped Harris to be the point person on the administration’s talks with Mexico and Central American countries about slowing the tide of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. border.

Harris was recently criticized after she laughed when asked by a reporter if she would be visiting the border. “Not today,” she jokingly said to the reporter.

Biden and Harris have made no plans to visit the southern border as the crisis continues to worsen.

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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