btw – Austin TX is coming in a close second
btw – Austin TX is coming in a close second
In a stance to distance itself from President Trump’s administration, California is set to become the first state in the country to pay for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have full health benefits.
Under an agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. The deal emerged as part of a broader $213 billion budget.
The plan would take effect in January 2020, the Sacramento Bee reported.
State officials have estimated the benefits would be available to about 90,000 low-income illegal immigrants at a cost of $98 million per year.
“While it’s not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle income families who don’t get any help under the federal law,” Anthony Wright, executive director of advocacy group Health Access, said. Indeed, a family of four earning as much as six times the federal poverty level — or more than $150,000 a year — would be eligible to get about $100 a month from the government to help pay their monthly health insurance premiums.
To pay for part of it, the state agreed to start taxing people who don’t have health insurance. It’s a revival of the individual-mandate penalty that had been on the books nationwide under former President Barack Obama’s health-care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2017 overhaul to the tax code.
The budget agreement still must be approved by the full state legislature; a vote is expected this week. State law requires lawmakers to enact a budget by midnight on June 15. If they don’t, lawmakers would lose their pay.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ammar Campa-Najjar is squaring up against Duncan Hunter for a seat on the Congress and a major skeleton just fell out of Najjar’s closet. His grandfather, Yusuf al-Najjar, was literally a terrorist working for Fatah.
Members of Fatah were responsible for the 1972 Munich Olympics attack that left 11 athletes/coaches without life. Al-Najjar and his wife were killed in a 1973 raid that could have been a response to the attack on the Olympics.
The grandson and Congressional candidate in the 50th District of California, Campa-Najjar, wasn’t born until 1989.
Campa-Najjar did not ever meet his grandfather who was a terrorist, but it still makes room for concern.
Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Campa-Najjar.
Campa-Najjar’s paternal grandfather was Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar, head of the intelligence wing of Fatah, the political party founded by Palestinian political leader Yasser Arafat. Some Fatah members formed the Black September organization, a terrorist group that was responsible for a series of attacks against Israelis, including the 1972 killing of 11 athletes and coaches at the Munich Olympics.
Israel launched a series of responses to the Munich attack, including a 1973 commando raid in Beirut, Lebanon, where Yusuf al-Najjar and his wife were both killed.
Yusuf al-Najjar’s orphaned son, Yasser Najjar, moved to Egypt and later immigrated to eastern San Diego County where he met his wife, Abigail. The couple had Campa-Najjar in 1989, about 16 years after his biological grandfather was killed.
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Campa-Najjar also had a job with Barack Obama, which is something that is surely notable.
In 2012, Ammar served as Deputy Regional Field Director for the president’s reelection campaign, where he helped oversee Southern California’s grassroots operations from a headquarters in San Diego. Ammar worked alongside thousands of people, who in the spirit of public service, volunteered their labor and love in advocacy of a common cause.
Campa-Najjar has the likes of MoveOn, Barack Obama, and Elizabeth Warren. Campa-Najjar has been heavily criticized for being backed by MoveOn because of George Soros supporting the group.
It looks like California is in a tough situation. They have one candidate who is technically related to a terrorist. They have another candidate who threw his wife under the proverbial bus as he got caught up in some indictments for his allegedly illegal actions.
It should be noted that Campa-Najjar has denounced his grandfather’s bad behavior and any alleged participation in crimes, as much as he’s calling out Duncan Hunter.
As a candidate for president, Donald Trump brought up China so many times it became a running meme … and now that he’s in the White House, his administration seems to be following through on his promises to apply pressure against the Asian superpower.
A lucrative arrangement for China which was inked during the Obama era has now been dismantled, after the Trump administration raised red flags over the prospect of the Chinese government controlling a U.S. port.
According to the South China Morning Post, the major issue is that Orient Overseas International — a company controlled by the Chinese government via a company called Cosco — owned the Long Beach Container Terminal in California.
The Cosco shipping company is based out of Shanghai and is not to be confused with the U.S. wholesaler Costco.
This means that a major U.S. port was potentially under Beijing’s thumb — a situation that caused alarm bells to go off in Washington.
The 2017 sale of Orient Overseas International to Cosco “raised a red flag with US security agencies, which were unhappy with the idea of a state-owned firm taking indirect ownership of a major port. Cosco now owns 75 per cent of OOIL,” explained The Morning Post.
As a result, the Department of Homeland Security stepped in and pushed the Chinese conglomerate to sell the massive shipping terminal in California to “a suitable, unrelated third party” not controlled by China.
On Tuesday, that buyer was revealed as Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, which is based in Australia. That means that China-controlled Orient Overseas’ 40-year lease signed during the Obama administration has been effectively torn up.
“The Obama administration had no problems with OOCL signing a 40-year lease with the City of Long Beach in 2012 for control of America’s second largest and most automated container handling operation,” American Thinker pointed out on Tuesday.
“The sweetheart deal was part of the ‘Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program’ to fund a $1.5-billion expansion through 2020,” the conservative magazine continued.
In addition to the obvious national security problems with a Chinese government-controlled company literally operating a port on America’s west coast, there were also serious trade concerns about the Obama-era agreement.
“As part of its efforts to gain asset dominance, China has directed its state-owned companies to exclusively buy products and services from other Chinese state-owned enterprises,” American Thinker added.
That was exactly the kind of unfair, monopolistic practices that Trump pledged to squash when president.
Although Orient Overseas will be forced to give up their control of the port, the company still stands to make millions through the arrangement.
“Under the Macquarie acquisition terms, Orient Overseas International will pocket a $1.29 billion profit and still control vessel and rail traffic at the container facilities for the next twenty years,” said American Thinker.
But they will not have complete control of the port as they did before.
This decision to slap China on the wrist seems to confirm that the Trump administration is serious about holding the feet of America’s rival to the fire, and the president was not making empty promises on the campaign trail when he promised to put America first in international deals.
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It’s not her party anymore and she may indeed be crying!
WE have been told by the left that most Mexicans and other nationalities are better people, better Christians, better culture, better parents, better fill in the blank, but ARE THEY? They tell us that WE need to learn from THEM. Do we? What have THEY got to teach US? When has Mexico sent anyone to the moon or Mars? When has Saudi Arabia created a cure for Cancer? When has China, allowed FREE SPEECH?
The LEFT says everyone is BETTER
The way I see it – NO. I also believe that we are NOT the best WE can be. We can do better, but THEY have NEVER done BETTER.
America took me in and I kiss the ground and I bleed the Constitution that FREED the entire WORLD from Slavery. The FIRST ever COUNTRY that fought FOR the slaves and change the WOLD’s ECONOMIC structure, which also ALLOWED for a more MORAL world where more people were freed and allowed to pursue higher levels of thought. THIS is the reason why we have MORE resources. The INDIVIDUAL freed to pursue higher levels of thought and through that self beneficial achievement. As individuals pursuing higher achievements on a scale as large as the USA, the glories that are reached are only BEGINNING. If the rest of the world joins in this concept, we can reach advances that we alone today can’t even imagine.
America IS the culture of FREEDOM. America is who I look to for a model, not some other country that has proven NO ACHIEVEMENT that would compare to that of AMERICA
Mindful of the leftist-led uproar over family separations at the border, immigration scammers are now taking advantage of American good will by “renting” children for cash to illegal aliens crossing the border to help them obtain quick release by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Depending on where you sit, it’s either human-trafficking or social-justice entrepreneurship in action. It was made possible when a leftist, Obama-appointed judge arrogated to herself the role of creating U.S. immigration policy and in the process incentivized the behavior.
Being accompanied by a child is a get-out-of-detention-free card, Charlotte Cuthbertson reports in The Epoch Times.
“You can walk through any of our processing centers and you can see that there are potentially parents, or adults with children, that there may not be a familial relationship,” said Raul Ortiz, Border Patrol chief for Del Rio, Texas.
“There’s probably many more cases like that happening across all nine southwest border sectors on any given day. Really, if you think about it, it’s human trafficking.”
“These kids are being trafficked through multiple countries and put through terrible conditions,” Ortiz said. “If we don’t do something to stop this, if we don’t make a stand on the border security and immigration problem right now, there’s going to be more of these kids that are going to be subjected to some serious harm.”
The news report came as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it is shipping agents and experts to the border to “investigate child smuggling and document fraud used to exploit family immigration loopholes.”
In 2014, under 1 percent of all men detained by the Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley Sector had a child with them. Now the figure is 50 percent, according to Rodolfo Karisch, the sector’s chief Border Patrol agent.
In both fiscal 2016 and 2017, about 77,000 individuals arrived as members of a family, but by the fiscal 2008 the figure had soared to 107,000. In the first six months of fiscal 2019, which began Oct. 1, 2018, the fiscal-year-to-date figure has skyrocketed to nearly 190,000.
The overwhelming majority come from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras.
These big figures can be traced back to decisions rendered in 2015 and later by U.S. District Judge Dolly Maizie Gee of the Central District of California who found the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in contempt of the Flores Settlement Agreement of 1979, which arose out of a court case called Flores v. Reno. The settlement established standards for the detention and release of unaccompanied minors taken into custody by immigration authorities. The settlement mandates that the government try to place the minors with a parent, legal guardian, adult relative, or a licensed program.
Gee ruled that any child, including those with parents, cannot be detained more than 20 days, which means asylum claimants are now routinely released before their claims are finally determined. The cases, which are growing in number, cannot be adjudicated in such an abbreviated period, so many of those detained can’t be held for long.
“Make no mistake about it, the word is getting out: if you are part of a family, if you bring a child, you will be released,” Karisch told a U.S. Senate panel April 9.
The Border Patrol recently intercepted a text message from an MS-13 gang member who was posing as a member of a family unit.
The message stated: “You should see the amount of Hondurans that are traveling with a child. And they pay less to the smugglers in order to be delivered to the Border Patrol. And it’s a direct trip. They have them a few days with Border Patrol and afterwards, they are released. There are a lot of people with that law. That is the easiest way right now. Entire families are coming.”
A group of 35 illegal aliens was captured by the Border Patrol on April 18 in the Rio Grande Valley.
One woman, who claimed to be five months pregnant, reported that her spouse and child had crossed the international border on a different day together as a family unit.
Families are now splitting up and crossing the border to make sure everyone in their party is released soon after apprehension, according to Carlos Ruiz, a Border Patrol agent in the valley.
“Because if they came as a whole family … we can hold one of the parents for however long we want to,” Ruiz said “We’re not going to separate the child from either the mother or the father, but we will separate the father or the mother from them.”
In the Yuma, Arizona sector, every day an average of three fake families surface.
Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik said in the previous six months his agents have identified 550 fraudulent family units.
“And we know we’ve missed many, many more, simply because we’re overwhelmed with the sheer numbers,” he said.
“And so those are kids that are being rented, for lack of a better word, to an adult to format a fraudulent family unit so that they can be released in the United States and then that child will be recycled back to its country of origin—usually Guatemala, in our case here in Yuma.”
Some adult border-crossers are altering their birth documents to indicate they are juveniles, to guarantee a speedy release from custody inside the U.S., Porvaznik said.
“So there’s a huge fraud problem that’s going on with this process,” he said.
“Our agents do a great job with trying to detect [fraud], but the problem is, is when we have 1,000, 1,100 people in custody, really our goal is to get those people processed … we need to move those people out of our custody.”
And if these fraud-happy border-jumpers and illegal aliens wait around long enough, they’ll receive amnesty and all will be forgiven.