The FBI recently rescued migrants being held hostage in El Paso by kidnappers, who allegedly threatened to cut a migrant woman into pieces. The hostages were held in a home in Sunset Heights, and the FBI say the kidnappers “sent menacing ransom videos to the families of migrants held hostage after they were smuggled over the border” reports the El Paso Times.
This horrific incident is the result of yet another poor policy of the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis. Sara Carter has been exclusively reporting on migrants being held for ransom after they are smuggled across the border for Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “Glad they are catching up” says Carter about the media finally publishing stories about what is becoming quite common.
The rhetoric of the Biden administration and liberal policymakers have persuaded migrants to make treacherous journeys and attempt to cross our borders in record numbers. Once a report was released that the Justice Department was considering payouts of $450,000 a person or $900,000 for a parent and child to compensate for suffering, safety of migrants and their suffering became even worse.
Now, coyotes, human traffickers and criminals are extorting migrant families for money, “stemming from the mistaken belief” that they have “received a huge payout” reports the Associated Press who details the lives of two individuals who have suffered:
“People here think that I have lots of money,” said a 47-year-old business owner in northern Guatemala whose wife was separated from their son. He has become more nervous because of news reports on the settlement talks and now changes his cellphone number every two weeks.
The man lives in Guatemala with his 14-year-old daughter, while his wife and now 18-year-old son live in Atlanta after being separated at the border for more than a month in 2018. The man said he was getting text messages at the time threatening to kidnap his son if he didn’t pay money…“I don’t live in peace,” he said. “I am always looking over my shoulder.”
Another woman thought the worst was over after she was reunited with her son who was six when she was separated from him during the Trump administration. Because people believe families like hers are receiving huge payouts, she has already received demands for $5,000 a month.
“Apparently, I am a millionaire now,” said the woman, who, like others interviewed by The Associated Press, spoke on condition of anonymity due to fears for her family’s safety. “I don’t have the money to pay for something like that and I don’t know what to do. I am desperate, really.”
The AP notes, “While specific reports are isolated, widespread extortion in Central America explains why many seek asylum in the United States in the first place. Some advocates fear prospects of large payments will fuel many more threats. An attorney for the woman and other families has asked U.S. officials to consider admitting more relatives because of the threats.”
Now the Biden administration has created the exact same scenario they were running from in the first place.
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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’
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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