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FEMA heading to Southern border to assist with surge of migrant children

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been called to help shelter and transfer the increasingly large groups of unaccompanied child migrants that are crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States,, DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Saturday.

He said the agency 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.

President Joe Biden’s administration has refused to call the massive wave of migrants arriving illegally at the U.S. Southern border a crisis but critics say it’s Biden’s policies that have instigated the humanitarian and national security disaster.

Mayorkas said Saturday that FEMA would help children found at the border avoid being treated as detainees of Customs and Border Protection.

I recently spoke to and witnessed the wave of children and family units crossing into the United States on my recent trips to Texas and Arizona. It is certainly is a crisis.

DHS expects the number of unaccompanied migrant children to increase exponentially throughout the year. Officials are estimating that more than 117,000 will arrive to the U.S., making this the largest wave of 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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