We have not seen meaningful reform even discussed since the Comprehensive Immigration Bill of 2009. Today we need to begin this debate, discussion and reform.
If it were just the border that needed “fixing” in our antiquated immigration system it would be a much easier “fix”, but it is not. Everything from the Guest Worker Programs to VISA overstays and the H1B VISAs needs an overhaul.
Congress has once again given up their responsibilities for policy by allowing bureaucratic agencies, with no accountability, to make policy.
We believe Congress needs to start a true reform discussion about the immigration system as a whole and place the responsibility and accountability back in the hands of our elected.
California’s $215 billion budget to expand health care for illegals
By Bradford Betz |
California’s new budget, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, expands health care for illegal immigrants and includes a penalty for people who do not purchase health insurance.
The provisions were among several measures in the $214.8 billion operating budget that Newsom signed before the midnight deadline. It is the largest in the state's history, according to the Los Angeles Times.
California lawmakers were at odds over how far to go providing government-funded health care to illegal immigrants. Newsom last month proposed providing $98 million a year to cover low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25. A more extreme state Assembly’s bill proposed covering all illegal immigrants over the age of 19 living in California – a proposal that would cost an estimated $3.4 billion.
The budget also seeks to address the state’s crippling housing shortage and mounting homelessness. California’s governor and legislative leaders agreed on a plan to reward local governments who make it easier to build housing faster and punish those who don’t.
Local governments that don’t comply with these housing requirements will face potential fines of up to $600,000 a month.
The bill marks Newsom’s first signed budget since taking office in January. Its passage was largely aided by a $21.5 billion surplus that ensured there was plenty of money to spend on his priorities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.