Now, both chambers in the California legislature have voted to lift a requirement of legal residency in California in order to receive the state version of Medicaid.
The separate bills in the state Assembly and state Senate come as the state faces a lawsuit from several of its own counties over its controversial “sanctuary state” policy, which shields illegal immigrants from deportation by prohibiting local law enforcement from cooperating fully with federal immigration officials.
That policy has been roundly criticized by the Trump administration as being soft on illegal immigration and placing American citizens and legal residents in danger from criminal illegal immigrants.
The Medicaid-eligibility expansion, which was introduced in the lower house as AB 2965 by Democratic Assemblymen Joaquin Arambula and Tony Thurmond, sailed through the Assembly on May 30 on a vote of 47-25.
The Daily Signal goes on to quote the media director from the Federation for American Immigration Reform on the possible impact this policy could have on illegal immigration in California:
“The best way to deal with illegal immigration is not to worry about, or figure out how to pay for, needs like health care, but to discourage people from breaking the law and bringing their kids here in the first place,” Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, told Fox News.