California legislators hope to welcome even more illegal immigrants by extending handouts and limiting immigration enforcement in the sunshine state even more than they have already.
The same California legislators who helped get undocumented residents drivers licenses unveiled a package Tuesday of 10 bills that would also provide them with subsidized health care and other benefits, including protection from fraud and discrimination.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, said the flurry of bills “unequivocally state California’s commitment to immigrants.”
During a news conference in Sacramento, de León and others switched between English and Spanish to tout the proposed laws they said mark a “historic moment” for the state.
One proposal was floated last year: a bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would extend Medi-Cal health care coverage to all Californians, regardless of their immigration status.
The original tab for that proposal was $1.3 billion. A spokesman for Lara said Tuesday the cost could be $200 million to $400 million less if the federal government grants waivers to undocumented immigrants who want to purchase private health insurance through the state’s health care exchange.
Notice that’s the ORIGINAL price for the proposal, not for the new bills they’re proposing. Here are the bills:
- Ban businesses from discriminating against residents based on their immigration status, citizenship or language.
- Create an Office of New Americans in the governor’s office to coordinate efforts on immigration relief, naturalization services and civic engagement efforts.
- Protect Californians from immigration attorneys and consultants who demand advance payment for services and require that clients be provided a toll-free number they can call to report them to the State Bar of California in cases of fraud.
- Protect immigrant workers by limiting misuse of E-Verify and creating penalties for abuse by unscrupulous employers.
And also notice how it’s described – I’m pretty sure “misuse” of E-Verify means ANY use at all, because if you pair that with the non-discrimination bill, that would mean an employee would be UNABLE to deny an illegal alien employment because they’re illegal!
There’s a drought of good sense and reasoning in California and the weather report shows no signs of wisdom showers.