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Border Patrol: Nearly 1,000 migrants are crossing into US undetected per day

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Border Patrol agents say that nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants are crossing into the United States each day without being identified or put in custody. This number is on top of the 3,000 illegal immigrants that border agents do encounter each day.

A new Washington Post report finds these migrants are getting past because agents are preoccupied with families and unaccompanied children, as well as an increasing amount of males entering the country.

Border agents told the Post under anonymity that the number of “get aways” has increased and is at the highest rate in recent memory. The term is defined as “an individual who is not turned back to Mexico or apprehended, and is no longer being actively pursued by Border Patrol.”

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While hard to get an accurate count of “get aways,” the agency has spent nearly $1 billion on new technologies to detect entries, the Post reports.

“When migration levels surge, as with the current influx, border agents spend significant amounts of time transporting and processing families and unaccompanied minors, who generally do not attempt to evade capture, turning themselves in and seeking humanitarian refuge in the United States,” the article reads.

Read the full article here.

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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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