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Sara Carter: The border crisis is ‘astounding’

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Sara Carter joined “The Next Revolution” with host Steve Hilton on Sunday to discuss her experience at the southern border and her growing concerns with the influx of migrants.

Carter has spent the last six weeks documenting the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. She just recently returned from Tijuana, Mexico where she spoke with migrants and border patrol agents.

“It is a crisis that is astounding,” Carter told Hilton. “The only people benefiting from this are the drug cartels, the human traffickers, and the politicians who are using people as political pawns and especially the children.”

Moreover, Carter said she met many young children who had been separated from their families and some who had been victims of trafficking.

“I can’t stress enough that this is just the beginning of a crisis that is going to overwhelm our system this year,” Carter said.

President Joe Biden finally referred to the influx of migrants at the southern border as a “crisis” for the first time on Sunday.

For months, the Biden administration has avoided using the word “crisis” and instead referred to the border as a “challenge.”

Biden admitted over the weekend that his administration was focusing on the “crisis” and now the administration is ready to increase the number of refugees allowed into the country.

“We’re going to increase the number [of refugees],” Biden said. “The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number.”

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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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