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Biden’s message to migrants: ‘Don’t come over’

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President Joe Biden urged migrants to not come to the U.S. in an exclusive interview with ABC News on Tuesday.

“I can say quite clearly, ‘Don’t come over,’” Biden said amid a surge of migrants and unaccompanied minors making their way into the U.S.

George Stephanopoulos of ABC News said to President Biden, “A lot of the migrants saying they’re coming in because you promised to make things better. It seems to be getting worse by the day. Was it a mistake not to anticipate this surge?”

Biden admitted this year’s surge “could be” worse than the influx of migrants in 2019 and 2020.

“I heard the other day they’re coming because they know I’m a nice guy, and I won’t do what Trump did,” Biden said before sending a message to migrants to not come to the U.S. “I can say quite clearly, ‘Don’t come over.'”

Biden went on to say that his administration is working to set up a system to process the large number of migrants.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that the number of attempted crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to reach its highest peak of the past two decades.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was called in last week to assist with the increasingly large groups of unaccompanied child migrants.

Mayorkas said FEMA will support and assist to “safely receive, shelter and transfer unaccompanied children” attempting to get into the United States. He added that there has been a “record number of individuals, including unaccompanied children, at the southwest border.“

The Department of Homeland Security expects the number of unaccompanied migrants children to continue increasing throughout the year. Officials estimate that more than 117,000 will arrive to the U.S. this year, making it the largest number of migrant children to have arrived since President Obama was in office. During the fiscal year from October 2013 to August 2014, more than 66,000 children arrived to the U.S. unaccompanied.

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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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