Fresh off his visit to constituents in El Salvador last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend $98 million on health care for illegal immigrants ages 19-26 through the state’s Medi-Cal program. Assembly Democrats want to spend $3.4 billion to cover all illegals over the age of 19, and Senate Democrats want to cover illegals 19-26, plus those beyond the age of 65. Costs are not a factor, Democrats say, because the state has a projected surplus of more than $21 billion.
Los Angeles Democrat Maria Elena Durazo, who supports the senate bill, told reporters the illegals she wants taxpayers to support “work in our hotels, they work picking the fruit and vegetables, they work as landscapers, they work in hospitals. I don’t think they should be treated differently from other Californians.” It was classic stuff the Democrats never bother to unpack.
The “other” Californians did not violate U.S. immigration laws and neither did they perpetrate document fraud and identity theft to get public benefits. Many of the “other” Californians are not exactly thrilled with the prospect of funding health benefits for foreign nationals living illegally in the United States. Those overtures are linked with another recent development in the Golden State.
As the Sacramento Bee reports, the automatic voter registration program known as “motor voter,” through the Department of Motor Vehicles, “last year raced to the finish line even though they acknowledged they should have slowed down.” DMV officials are “still answering for 105,000 voter registration errors that occurred in the early months of Motor Voter.”
The DMV requested a July 2, 2018 launch date but Secretary of State Alex Padilla “pushed for Motor Voter to be rolled out ahead of the June primaries to boost turnout for a high-interest midterm election.” At Padilla’s request, the DMV launched Motor Voter on April 16, 2018, and he speeded up the process “for the purposes of enfranchising as many Californians as possible in time for an upcoming election.” According to the Bee report, “5,000 transmittal errors caused hundreds of people who wanted to vote to not be registered in time for the midterm elections.”
As the “other Californians” know, those automatically registered to vote included illegals. Padilla’s goal was one million “new” voters on the rolls by the 2018 midterms. On the other hand, Padilla is not saying how many newly registered illegals actually voted in the 2018 midterms.
After the 2016 election, secretary of state Padilla refused to cooperate with a federal probe of voter fraud, which he called a “false and debunked” claim. Padilla failed to show how, exactly, it had been debunked. In the 2018 midterms, Republicans lost every close race and Padilla defended the newly legalized “ballot harvesting,” which empowers a third party to collect ballots and deliver ballots. Padilla talked up the “accuracy and integrity of our elections” but wasn’t about to allow any independent group to investigate the possibility of voter fraud.
It is a matter of record that false-documented illegals have been voting in local, state and federal elections for decades. Those “other Californians,” legal immigrants and legitimate citizens, have grounds to believe that all the illegals voted, and that they all voted for the Democrat party.
That party now plans to spend billions on health care for those in the country illegally. Absent some independent investigation, those other Californians could be forgiven for seeing those plans as a payoff for the votes that keep Democrats in power. Illegals are the Democrats’ imported electoral college, and in return for the votes, Democrats protect illegals, including violent criminals, through the state’s sanctuary laws.
Anybody who is okay with deal that forfeits any claim to support the rule of law. As the other Californians also understand, voter fraud and taxpayer-funded health care for illegals effectively revoke their U.S. citizenship and cancel their legitimate votes.
Contrary to Sen. Durazo, the “other Californians,” legitimate citizens and legal immigrants, are not all eligible for Medi-Cal. That system is for the state’s poor, not for foreign nationals who violated U.S. immigration laws. Once health care for illegals is in place, more Mexicans and Central Americans will be heading for California, joined by other illegals already in other states. As in Field of Dreams, if you build it, they will come.
Legal immigrants, by the way, must certify they will not become a public charge. Illegals now want to get public benefits through Med-Cal and other agencies, and not have that used against them if they should apply for citizenship. As with FDR and Stalin, Democrats want to give the illegals everything they want, in the hope that all will be well. The other Californians know it won’t be.
Despite a projected surplus of some $20 billion, California faces $1 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities alone. The tax system is punitive and highly volatile, prompting consumers and businesses to flee. Democrats like the status quo and target voter approved reforms such as the tax-limiting Proposition 13. In these conditions, health care for illegals could put the Golden State on a fast track to Calizuela.