Illegal immigration: California Democrats propose far-reaching package of bills aimed at helping newcomers.

Thứ Tư, 15 Tháng Tư 201518:10(Xem: 15569)
Illegal immigration: California Democrats propose far-reaching package of bills aimed at helping newcomers.

Last week, Democratic legislative leaders proposed a package of bills that would greatly expand protections for California’s 1.8 million illegal immigrants.  This is far beyond what's offered by any other state.


The 10 pieces of legislation would offer state-subsidized health care coverage to the poor illegal aliens, make it illegal for businesses to discriminate against customers based on their immigration status or the language they speak, and make it harder for federal authorities to deport immigrants living here illegally.


The cost of the bills is a possible deal breaker.  A measure sponsored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would expand health care coverage for illegal immigrants will likely cost the most.  "We're currently spending $1.7 billion annually on emergency room care" for undocumented immigrants, Lara said. "Covering these families through Covered California or Medi-Cal is do-able."


California also allows illegal immigrants in the state to apply for financial aid to attend college.   “We can do more, and we will do more,” Senator de León said.  And the more the Democrats do, the more that the legal residents of California will have to pay.


One opponent of the proposed bills says that the state lawmakers, who are Democrats, see the illegals and all their relatives and friends as voting for Democratic candidates.   He says that these are not humanitarian acts; it is nothing but politics. 


But whether it is politics or humanitarian concern, California is likely to do as much as possible to make life easier for its illegal immigrants.


Illegal immigrant children surge across border at highest rate since last summer’s peak


The second wave of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children has begun, with more than 3,000 of them surging across the Mexican border into the U.S. in March  — the highest rate since last summer and a warning that another rough season could be ahead.


Authorities report having captured 15,647 children traveling without parents who tried to jump the border in the first six months of the fiscal year.


These statistics show that the surge of illegal arrivals from Central America was never really over.  The illegal aliens are attracted by the US government policy that requires children from Central America to be released into the U.S., rather than quickly returned to their home countries.   That gives them a chance to abscond and disappear into the shadows with the more than 11 million other illegal immigrants in the country.  After being released, 62% of those children fail to appear for deportation proceedings.


One observer said that the US must change its law to speed deportations of Central Americans the same way it allows for quick turnaround of Mexicans caught trying to cross the border.   Almost all Mexican juveniles are quickly sent home and this acts as a deterrent to other young Mexicans.

Most Republican voters want more deportations, more control on immigrants 

 The majority of US voters think their government should be more aggressive about deporting illegal immigrants, dislike automatic citizenship, and oppose President Obama’s amnesty plan, a new survey shows.


A Rasmussen Reports nationwide phone survey found that 62 percent of voters believe the government is “not aggressive enough” in deporting illegal immigrants and should do more.


Fifty-one percent of respondents disagreed that illegal immigrants with American-born children should be exempt from deportation – as proposed by the president’s DAPA plan.


Most of those polled continue to oppose automatic birthright citizenship for children born to illegal immigrant mothers.


83 percent of the people questioned said that a person should have to prove they are in the country legally before receiving government services.   Only 41 percent of the voters support Obama’s plan to allow almost 5 million illegal immigrants to stay in the US legally and apply for jobs.



USCIS Alert Regarding Immigration Scams on Expanded DACA/DAPA


A federal district court in Texas issued a temporary injunction on February 16, 2015, which prevents USCIS from implementing expanded guidelines for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Until further notice, the court order prevents U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from accepting requests under the expanded DACA guidelines, which was originally planned to begin on February 18. The temporary injunction also requires USCIS to suspend plans to accept requests for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) beginning this May.

USCIS urges customers to beware of scammers who may spread false information and mislead people by charging for unnecessary services.   The expanded DACA and the DAPA are still not available and right now CIS cannot accept applications for these programs.


 Q.1.  Why do California Democratic legislators want to pass bills that place increasing burdens on tax payers?

 A.1.  They want to retain support from immigrant families and hold on to the Democratic majority in state government.


Q.2. When will the appeals court decide if the DAPA/DACA injunction will be lifted or remain in place?

 A.2.  A hearing is scheduled for 17 April.  We will report more on that next week.



Q.3.  If California taxpayers are currently spending 1.7 Billion dollars a year for health care for illegal immigrants, how will this change if the illegal immigrants are made eligible for Covered California or Medi-Cal?

 A.3.  The 1.7 Billion will still be needed, along with millions of dollars required to support the other proposed bills that will help illegal immigrants.



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