California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) gave an interview on Tuesday in which he admitted that his state is being flooded with more illegal migrants than it can handle. His statements follow years of aggressive policymaking that has attracted migrants through wide-ranging social programs.
The governor told reporters with ABC News that he expected California’s migration crisis to worsen when enforcement of the public health order known as Title 42 ends later this month pursuant to a federal court order. Title 42 was designed during the Trump administration to require asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while waiting for court hearings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newsom says California about to 'break' amid flood of illegal migrants when Title 42 expires
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Newsom said, “what we’ve got right now is not working, and it’s about to break in a post-42 world unless we take responsibility and ownership.” He claimed he was not pointing fingers at his party but was speaking “as a father” and “as someone that feels responsible for being part of the solution.”
He said a more robust government response is necessary, citing that nine migrant shelters at California’s southern border with Mexico are already filled beyond capacity. He blamed the federal government for sending more illegal migrants to the California border because of the excellent treatment they receive in the Golden State.
Newsom said, “The more we do, the burden is placed disproportionate on us.”
He said that California could not afford to continue to fund migrant shelters “because of the budgetary pressures now being placed on this state and the offsetting issues that I have to address.” He warned that without state-provided housing, “people will end up on the streets.”
This past summer, Newsom signed a new state law broadly expanding cost-free health care benefits for illegal immigrants. But, beyond that generous measure, he has called for universal health care for all Californians, including illegal migrants who make their way there.
Earlier this year, the governor said that California is in a position with its significant revenues to “be able to deliver on what we’ve been promoting: universal health care for all, regardless of pre-existing condition, regardless of the ability to pay, and regardless of immigration status.”
Now that California’s policies have succeeded in attracting record numbers of new illegal migrants, Newsom is demanding that federal taxpayers around the country help him to pay the costs.