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‘Over-policing didn’t cause this, underpolicing did,’ Andy Ngo Briefs U.S. Reps On Riots

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Journalist Andy Ngo, known for his work on exposing Antifa and American political violence, testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Monday morning.

“George Floyd deserves justice,” Ngo Told Lawmakers. “But so do countless Americans victimized by the riots.”

Ngo briefed the representatives on the violence he’s observed and fallen victim to as a result of the demonization of police and the resulting consequences of less police intervention in conflicts and riots.

“America is experiencing the consequences of police in retreat because of biased media narratives and poor leadership,” Ngo said. “This has allowed violent extremists to cloak themselves under the banner of ‘peaceful protest’ to carry-out widespread arson, shootings, looting and property destruction.”

He specifically cited Portland and Seattle where city councils have stripped the use of tear gas from police, while officers are assaulted with bricks, lasers, and projectiles in the two cities. He also pointed to several other cities across the nation where police have been severely injured.

“In New York, nearly 400 officers were injured in a two-week period. 150 local and federal officers were injured in Washington D.C. in a week. 130 officers in Chicago were injured in a 48-hour period,” Ngo testified.

Ngo reports mainly on the West Coast and has covered the violence shaking Portland for years.

“Like in many cities, law enforcement here [in Portland] is routinely demonized by the public and elected officials,” Ngo testified. “The mainstreaming of police hatred in Portland has created a culture of passive policing and a tolerance of criminal mob behavior. Who suffers the most? Law-abiding citizens and yes, journalists too.”

Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-OH, asked Ngo about his position on President Donald Trump designating Antifa as a terrorist organization.

Ngo said he agrees with the classification based on the actions he’s witnessed — especially a severe assault he suffered at the hands of Antifa in Portland last summer.

“Antifa organized an assault on me within view of the police—who did not intervene. They beat me repeatedly and so severely I had to be hospitalized. I was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage, among other injuries,” Ngo said. “Since then, I have been harassed and stalked further by people connected to the same criminal organization.”

Ngo continues to report on the crimes and brutality of Antifa — including a video he shared today of Portland protesters once again calling for violence against him.

“George Floyd deserves justice,” Ngo said in his Monday morning testimony. “But so do countless Americans victimized by the riots.”

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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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