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SCOTUS denies Biden’s attempt to reinstate catch and release at the border

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By Jenny Goldsberry

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against President Biden in his attempt to undo former President Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy. Under Trump, the policy kept migrants awaiting asylum in Mexico rather than releasing them into the states. It was also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols.

At the time of the policy, Trump lauded the end of catch and release. “Catch and Release is an obsolete term,” Trump tweeted then. “It is now Catch and Detain. Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away.”

Six judges ruled to deny Biden’s stay on the MMP policy. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissenting, saying they would have granted the president’s application. Yet the majority said that Biden’s reasoning was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Then, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement expressing that they disagreed with the court’s decision. “DHS has appealed the district court’s order and will continue to vigorously challenge it,” the department wrote. “However, DHS will comply with the order in good faith. Alongside interagency partners, DHS has begun to engage with the Government of Mexico in diplomatic discussions surrounding the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).”  

Meanwhile, report after report shows migrants are being allowed past the border and released into the country. Not only is immigration up, but COVID-19 cases among migrants and Border Patrol agents is also on the rise.

Yet according to DHS, they claim they’ve already turned migrants away at the border. “Pursuant to the CDC’s Title 42 public health order, DHS continues to expel single adults and families encountered at the Southwest Border,” their statement read.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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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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