California will become the first state to offer health insurance to undocumented immigrants
Governor Gavin Newsom released attack ads on Monday urging Florida residents to move to California in the days after it became the first state to offer all illegal immigrants state-subsidized health insurance.
Newsom bought $105,000 worth of ad spots that began airing on Fox News in Florida, sparking speculation he could host a presidential race in 2024.
The ads urge Sunshine State residents who are fed up with their Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to head west. DeSantis is also rumored to be considering a 2024 run – although former President Donald Trump is likely to seek the nomination.
The 30-second ad doesn’t directly mention DeSantis, but takes aim at his conservative legislative accomplishments in Florida — like banning critical race theory from classrooms, banning schools from teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to children in kindergarten through fourth grade and a 15-week abortion ban.
“It’s Independence Day,” Newsom says in the ad that aired Monday, July 4. “So let’s talk about what’s happening in America.”
“Freedom is under attack in your state,” Newsom told Florida residents watching the ad. “Republican leaders – they ban the books. Make it harder to vote. Restriction of speech in classrooms. Even criminalizing women and doctors.
Last weekend, Newsom released a budget for fiscal year 2023 that includes providing undocumented immigrants, regardless of age, with state-subsidized health insurance.
The health care expansion is part of Medi-Cal, which already provides coverage for illegal immigrants under 26 and over 50 — as well as recipients of the Deferred Action for Newcomers program. children (DACA).
California Governor Gavin Newsom released ads in Florida on Monday urging residents of the sunshine state who are fed up with their Governor Ron DeSantis to move to the Golden State after passing a budget that provides health care health to all undocumented migrants.
The decision to provide more health care comes as thousands of migrants continue to flood the US southern border every day. Pictured: A caravan of migrants heads for the US in June
It also comes less than a week after an abandoned tractor-trailer was found on the side of the road outside San Antonio, Texas, with dozens of migrants in critical condition and 53 others dead.
Now the state is expanding that coverage option to 700,000 undocumented residents in the Golden State between the ages of 26 and 49 starting in January 2024.
Migration continues to increase at the southern border with the third consecutive month of increased crossings in May.
Thousands of migrants part of a caravan that started in southern Mexico completed their journey to the US border just two days after leaving when they received permits to stay in the country for 30 days.
On Sunday, Mexican officials issued 3,000 temporary residence permits and ended the march for most Venezuelans and Central Americans.
The move comes after a report by the UN Missing Migrants Project found that more migrants died in 2021 in America than any other year since it began recording data in 2014.
Authorities last Monday found a tractor-trailer full of about 100 migrants abandoned in sweltering conditions on the side of the road outside San Antonio, Texas. Dozens were left in critical condition and 53 died on the journey.
The incident was the deadliest human trafficking tragedy in US history.
Recent UN analysis found that 1,238 migrants died or went missing in the Americas in 2021. The project said this is likely an undercount as there have been issues with data collection last year.
Mexican authorities are likely trying to combat recent border tragedies and heightened surveillance by dismantling a caravan that was heading to the US border from southern Mexico.
Mexican authorities managed to disperse a caravan of thousands of Venezuelan and central Mexican migrants heading for the US border by handing out 3,000 temporary residence permits on Sunday.
Migration crisis continues to escalate under current administration as CBP encountered 239,416 migrants in May – highest since Biden took office
The temporary residence permits will allow these migrants to stay in Mexican territory for up to 30 days while they complete immigration procedures, according to officials from Mexico’s National Migration Institute.
This, however, only serves to allow the caravan migrants to expedite their journey north, claiming that the permits allow them to descend on foot and continue by other modes of transport.
“We will continue to the United States by bus because we already have the permit. We don’t have to walk anymore,” said a Venezuelan, William Molina, after receiving his permit. He is traveling with 10 relatives.
The thousands of migrants, who began marching from the border town of Tapachula on Friday, were the ninth migrant caravan to form so far this year in southern Mexico.
Migration has returned to center stage after the discovery last week of an abandoned freight truck in San Antonio.
The tragedy coincided with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the Biden administration to end a measure imposed by President Donald Trump that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while U.S. authorities processed their cases. asylum applications.
A group of around 4,000 migrants set out from Tapachula, Mexico on July 1, heading for the northern border it shares with the United States. The group broke up after just two days when 3,000 permits were issued, allowing migrants to stay in Mexico for 30 days. they are pursuing immigration procedures
A migrant wears a Venezuelan flag around his neck as he walks with other migrants in a caravan towards the US border on Friday July 1
While the migrant caravans have attracted media attention, those who participate in them represent a small percentage of the migratory flow that arrives daily at Mexico’s border with Guatemala, usually with the help of smugglers.
Another Venezuelan in the group, Francisco Daniel Marcano, said he hoped the permit would help him reach northern Mexico and enter US territory. But, he said, if he fails to enter the United States, he will try to find a job in northern Mexico to earn money to send to his parents and three children in the country. Venezuela.
In the past 30 days, at least three large groups totaling around 13,000 people have attempted to leave the border with Guatemala on foot, according to Mexico’s immigration agency.
Many migrants oppose the Mexican strategy of keeping them in the south, away from the US border. They say the process of normalizing their status – usually through an asylum application – is taking too long and they cannot support themselves by waiting weeks in Tapachula because jobs are scarce.
But the last caravans, mostly made up of whole families, only managed to advance about 28 miles to Huixtla, where Mexican authorities managed to disperse the groups by granting temporary residence permits.
Migration to the US southern border continued to increase during the summer months.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 239,416 migrants in May alone, an increase for the third consecutive month. The June figures are not yet known.