Head of the U.S. Border Patrol, Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted he was “extremely proud” of the men and women working to protect the border after a successful three days. His agents “nabbed ten sex offenders, a slew of deadly drugs, and other illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes in just three days” reported Fox News.
In addition, the agents rescued “nearly two dozen” migrants from danger. Specifically, Ortiz said when it comes to dangerous drugs, agents stopped 13 pounds of methamphetamine, 26 pounds of heroin and 131 pounds of fentanyl. “Fentanyl, more than 50-100 times more potent than morphine, has been blamed for the increase in overdose deaths across the country” reports Fox News.
Agents in Del Rio picked up one migrant with a prior conviction of sexual assault in Washington, and another on Wednesday who had been convicted of statutory rape. “Both had previously been deported.”
Ortiz also said agents encountered 18 large groups of migrants, totaling an overwhelming 2,446 migrants. Agents also had conducted 22 water rescues in that time period, and three agents had been assaulted while doing their job.
Fox News reports:
There were more than 234,000 migrant encounters at the southern border in April, and officials are warning that those numbers could rise as the summer months approach — despite the deadly heat many of those migrants will face.
Numbers could rise further,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a recent video. “From confusion over recent court orders and as smugglers continue to peddle misinformation to make a profit: we are prepared.”
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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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