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Graham: ‘It’s time for Mayorkas to change course or change jobs’

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Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, released a statement Thursday slamming Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his handling of the border crisis.

“It is clear to me the Biden Administration has lost control of the border,” Graham said. “Under its current leadership, it doesn’t have either the will or capability to fix the problem.”

Mayorkas says the current migrant surge will likely result in the largest number of border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border in 20 years. Moreover, Mayorkas testified before the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday and was grilled by Republican lawmakers over his refusal to call the issue a “crisis.”

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Since President Biden’s inauguration, the administration has taken steps to reverse many of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. That includes implementing a 100-day moratorium on deportations, reversing the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, and halting the construction of the border wall.

According to Graham, however, those policies aren’t solutions to the ongoing problem rather they are ‘a mistake.’

“The solutions are obvious but will require an understanding that the Biden Administration’s early policy choices – to abandon Trump’s successful border policies – was a mistake,” Graham explained.

“It is time for DHS Secretary Mayorkas to change course or change jobs,” Graham said, adding “The situation is bad and only going to get worse.  Unless there is immediate and drastic change, the worst is yet to come – by far.”

The Department of Homeland Security didn’t immediately respond to this reporter’s request for comment.

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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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