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Southern border immigration still high, with 208k migrants in August

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According to their latest report, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered 208,887 migrants at the southern border in August alone. While that is 2% less than the number of encounters in July, it’s a 317% increase since August 2020 and a 233% increase from August 2019.

RELATED: BORDER CRISIS: CBP reports 944% increase in migrants this April

Of all those migrants who attempted to cross the southern border, a quarter of them had at least one prior encounter in the last 12 months. The vast majority, over 150,000 were attempting to cross for the first time. Meanwhile, only 14% attempted twice in 12 months throughout 2014-2019.

RELATED: Rep. Tlaib says ‘we must eliminate funding for CBP, ICE and their parent organization, DHS’

However, 93,414 of the encounters were turned away under Title 42, a public health order meant to protect U.S. citizens from increased COVID-19 positive migrants. But that’s only 44% of the total encounters. Generally, many of those turned away, 75%, were single adults.

Now, CBP found 1,002,722 unique migrants during 2021. Last year, there were 851,513 migrants at the border. In the meantime, more than 10,900 CBP employees tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. A total of 43 have passed away. Eight of those deaths happened in August alone.

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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