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March migrant detentions at southern border hit 15-year record

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Over 171,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border in March, up from 78,442 in January, according to preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data reviewed by The Washington Post.

It is the highest monthly total since 2006, signifying the sheer amount of people mostly fleeing Central America, especially unaccompanied minors.

RELATED: Border Patrol video shows smugglers drop two toddlers over 14-foot wall

In March, according to The Post‘s Friday report, CBP detained over 18,800 unaccompanied minors—a mind-boggling 99% increase from February. This easily surpasses the previous one-month high record of 11,861 in May 2019, as the newspaper noted.

The surge in the amount of migrants arriving as part of family groups last month skyrocketed to over 53,000, a massive uptick from 19,246 in February and 7,294 in January, according to the preliminary figures.

RELATED: U.S. border authorities save infant, mother migrants

According to The Post, a current CBP official and a former CBP official who have seen the preliminary figures confirmed their accuracy to the newspaper.

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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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