California Considers Spending More on Illegal Immigration

California_Locator_MapSenate Bill (SB) 1005 was introduced in February of this year by California Senator Ricardo Lara. This bill, if passed, would extend Medi-Cal program eligibility to low income illegal aliens and create a taxpayer-subsidized marketplace for insurance plans to be sold to illegal aliens with higher earnings. According to California Senator Ricardo Lara, the sponsor of SB 1005, the fact that Obamacare expressly denies illegal aliens coverage “hurts the overall health of our communities, and does not reflect California values.” (Daily Caller, Feb. 18, 2014) Senator Lara did not comment, however, on how much SB 1005 will cost California taxpayers. According to the recently released Senate Appropriations Committee fiscal impact statement, SB 1005 would hit California taxpayers hard, with a cost of up to 1.3 billion dollars a year.

Well folks, that sounds well and good in a society where there is no rule of law and money grows on trees. In the real world, however, expensive programs like Medi-Cal are funded by hardworking citizen and legal resident taxpayers. In a state where taxpayers already pay the highest income, gas, and property tax rates in the country, taxpayers should not be made to shoulder an additional burden by subsidizing the healthcare of citizens of foreign countries who are unlawfully residing in the United States.

One might be surprised that legislators would even consider a bill like SB 1005, but sadly this type of taxpayer-hating, illegal alien-facilitating bill has become the norm in California. The goals of California government should include protecting the rule of law and its citizen and legal resident taxpayers, not subsidizing the healthcare of citizens of foreign countries. SB 1005 will ultimately raise healthcare costs, reduce access to quality physicians, and increase wait times.

With that said, I would challenge those stewards of the public trust who still serve the people in California whom they were elected to represent to stand on principle and reject SB 1005.

By the way, Senator Lara has also sponsored SB 1210, which would give taxpayer-subsidized student loans to illegal aliens, and SB 1159, which would allow illegal aliens to obtain licenses to practice medicine, pharmacy, psychiatry and more than two hundred other professions—despite federal law’s prohibition on the employment of unauthorized aliens—and to compete with citizen and legal immigrants for jobs.

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    Those in Lara’s district who elected him seriously need to start paying attention! He clearly cares more for illegals (who have NO RIGHT TO BE HERE and get any government assistance) than he does for LEGAL citizens of California.

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    Isnt it enough that their state is going bankrupt,businesses are fleeing too other states,,they got too finish themselves off.!!!

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    I just don’t understand the most basic issue of all here, and I know this may sound naive:

    Our elected politicians and officials (as well as all lawyers) have all sworn an oath to uphold the law. Yet, by definition all illegal immigrants (with the possible exception of those seeking political asylum) are breaking the law.

    So how can any politician even bring up a proposed law that involves people who are here illegally? And how can any lawyer legally represent anyone illegal?


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      And how can illegal citizens be licensed to practice law, which is what they recently passed in Florida with legislation that was added surreptitiously to another bill at the last moment by another Hispanic legislator. It’s all really quite bizarre the way these people continually get their way and turn our former rule of law on its head.

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    Eagles Glen of Eagles on

    Clinton-Bush-Obama bankruptcy of the med care system continues (or else the state could not make this and zillions of state laws to bankrupt America)!
    Please contact me ASAP by phone or email.
    The ongoing multi $ trillion massive taxpayer paid illegal foreign aid loan is always due and payable with interest starting with Clinton.

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    Eagles Glen of Eagles on

    Clinton and his illegals started bankrupting the med industry back in Dec. 1994. This is the latest American citizen tax to fund Clinton’s-Bush’s-Obama’s illegal aliens funded through the State of California.
    Are we STUPID and don’t know HOW the fed BANKRUPTED the med care system.
    This is the latest increment of Obama bankruptcy of the med care system using the state as a delivery device.
    What do you say?

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    Once again,illegal immigrant,emphasis on “illegal”,have only one right in the U.S. and that is the right to be deported.

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    I can tell you from living here in California that there are a lot more taxpayers who have not already fled the state that are planning on doing so. When things really start going downhill is when there is nowhere left for people to move to get away from states like California that have been ruined by mass immigration.

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      There is one problem with that. We will end up leaving the best parts of our country with mild year-around climate to the invading masses and their offspring.

      It should be the other way around. They should move out to places with harsh climate and undeveloped land and we should inhabit the best places in America to live.

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    What we can do is ignore them if they ask you something, walk past them, like you don’t even see them, don’t talk to them, make them feel uncomfortable for a change…

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    That is all over the country then it appears IR will eventually happen….

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      California has the most immigrants, legal and illegal, of any state in the country. By percentage and by total numbers. You apparently think it’s a good thing that taxes are sky high. Why do you want it for the rest of the country?

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        Leland you appear to have voices in your head…………………..apparently you “think I think”….interesting……can you read minds?….it is amazing how you think other people you think they think…you are good at putting words on other people’s feedback…….do yo know who you are? can you really think?

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          Well, then explain your positions. You think “reform” should happen, don’t you? Doesn’t California have the most immigrants in the country? Aren’t taxes there sky high?

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        Leland you can also guess what other people want? careful people will not take you seriously when you start making things up…..

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      arnlof sweigeir on

      Most IAS as u put it ….work harder than u and me and do not need hand outs…. U Li e in a different reality……. The ones that get welfare handouts are our own people…….

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        Brian Paris on

        This is only one State……………..If this doesn’t open eyes, nothing will!

        From the L. A. Times
        1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.

        2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

        3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

        4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

        5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.

        6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.

        7… The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

        8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

        9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.

        10. In L.. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.. (There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County .)

        (All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times)

        Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ‘ annual population growth(and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens .

        We are fools for letting this continue .

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          Well done. We need more clarity and basic stats on this issue. Less emotion and more facts. People don’t realize just how many illegals are having their children born here – you specified LA but it’s also SF and especially San Diego. I am deeply concerned about these large CA cities becoming bankrupt as gov’t spending in general is out of control. If this happens, and things really go from bad to worse, then only the illegals will be in good shape as they have somewhere to go – back home where their living expenses are 5-10% the costs of living in the US. But where will legal taxpayers and citiizens have to go? The gov’t has completely let its citizens down – this goes beyong politics. The article mentions this Lara guy – his CA bill granting licenses to illegals in a variety of professions passed without 1 dissenting vote. Why do so many people on this site think Republicans will save them on this issue?

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          Thank you for sharing the actual statistics on illegal immigration in California. Keep up the good work. I keep wondering….do most Americans really think that these effects from illegal immigration will never happen in their backyard? If they do, they are in denial. Illegal immigration is bankrupting cities/States all across our Country. Our Country is bankrupting Americans… and trying to make us feel good about them doing it.

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    The average minimum household income to buy a home in San Francisco is 137,000 dollars. Which puts most middle class earners out of luck. Add all the taxes in that state and how do you live. But the stuck on stupid state insists that encouraging more immigration is the cure for what ails you.

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      arnlof sweigeir on

      IG makes no sense what u say Leland……if u make 137k in CA u r in good shape…it is all about how u spend your money……..

      Tons of people do not make that money…

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        To Arnlof:

        Leland did not mention someone making $137k for anyone in CA – he specified SF, which is the most expensive housing and rental market in the US right now. Check Craigslist or for confirmation. Also anyone considering a new home purchase making this salary isn’t looking at SF since the property taxes are so high.