After the approval of funding for numerous social programs for illegal immigrants, California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the state is now faced with an overwhelming number of illegal immigrants.
In a recent interview with ABC News, Newsom expressed his concerns that the migrant crisis would worsen after the end of Title 42, a policy passed by the Trump administration ordering asylum seekers to remain in Mexico and not be allowed to take U.S. citizenship.
“The fact is what we’ve got right now is not working, and it’s about to break in a post-42 world unless we take some responsibility and ownership,” explained the governor. “And I’m saying that as a Democrat, I’m not saying that to point fingers, I’m saying that as a father, I’m saying that as someone that feels responsible for being part of the solution and I’m trying to do my best here,” he added.
The governor also said that nine shelters along the border were already packed and that the government needed to do more to help. According to him, the government sends migrants to California because it treats them well.
“The more we do, the burden is placed disproportionately on us,” he added. Newsom said budgetary pressures within the state affect how California handles migrants.
However, in Aug., he sounded very different when he expanded health care benefits for illegal immigrants. Besides that, he wants all illegal immigrants in the state to have universal health care. “Here in the largest state in our union, in the state of California, we are positioned with this budget to be able to deliver on what we’ve been promoting: universal health care for all, regardless of a preexisting condition, regardless of the ability to pay, and regardless of your immigration status,” Newsom said in Jan.
Three months ago Gavin Newsom declared the border crisis was made up.
Three days ago Gavin Newsom declared the border crisis is a huge problem and will break California.
I wonder what changed?? pic.twitter.com/aYiEX8LqCc
— Kevin Dalton (@KevinForBOS) December 15, 2022
Immigrant rights groups and others on the left slammed the “Remain in Mexico” policy, but Newsom’s warning echoed former President Donald Trump’s and other right-wingers. Leftists called the policy racist and xenophobic before open borders allowed thousands of migrants to walk into the country on a daily basis.
Initially, Joe Biden decried the policy, then used it to address the border crisis. The policy was struck down by a judge in Nov., leading Border Patrol agents to predict a renewed surge of illegal immigrants.