Report: Biden’s HHS secretary nominee advocates for healthcare benefits for illegal immigrants

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– According to a report in Politico, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra, is looking at plans to provide undocumented immigrants with taxpayer-funded healthcare benefits.

Becerra has long advocated providing roughly 11 to 22 million undocumented immigrants with American healthcare.

Reportedly, those closest to Becerra say that he is potentially interested in pursuing executive policy initiatives as HHS Secretary that would provide undocumented immigrants with healthcare. 

An aide to outspoken Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark), who has been lobbying colleagues against Becerra’s nomination as HSS Secretary, said in a statement:

“His interest is in trying to get illegal aliens on government-subsidized health care options. if he was confirmed, he could weaponize HHS as a mechanism to push for open borders and legitimize the illegal alien agenda that he’s pushing for. That has gotten some attention on the Hill.”

The question also still remains of whether Democratic leaders, including President Biden, are even willing to back Becerra on the issue or whether the White House, in an effort to turn down the temperature, would ask Becerra to proceed cautiously on immigration issues.

Reportedly, interviews with lawmakers suggest that there is a wide, but hardly unanimous support among Democrats to allow states to use federal funds to cover undocumented workers, either by allowing them to buy into the ACA exchanges without any government subsidy or, more controversially, to utilize Medicaid. 

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), a moderate, said in a statement:

“This issue about non-citizens receiving health care has been contentious for years. U.S. Citizens should receive welfare and other benefits, that’s my position and my position is what helps Democrats. If you’re undocumented, you shouldn’t be getting health care and other benefits.”

However, Politico reported that interview with 15 of Becerra’s friends, colleagues, and allies as well as health care experts, suggest that health care for undocumented immigrants is an issue close to the heart of Becerra, who is the son of a Mexican immigrant mother and despite his diplomatic demeanor, he can be forceful in pushing issues that align with his value system.

A Politico review of Becerra’s 24 year House career and four years as California attorney general found that he has repeatedly advocated for undocumented immigrants to have more access to health care and other government benefits, whether through Medicaid or Obamacare.

Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), who worked with Becerra during the Obamacare debate, said in a statement:

“He’s one of those individuals that had exceedingly deep convictions about the need to cover the undocumented individuals if all of our communities.”

And, in the case of the health care bill, Gonzalez said:

“It did not make any sense not to, as long as they went ahead and paid for the coverage.”

In the Obama years, Becerra was one of the chief elected House Democrats pushing the administration to open Obamacare healthcare exchanges to undocumented immigrants.

As California attorney general, he watched as the state opened healthcare benefits to undocumented immigrants. 

In 2019, taxpayer-funded healthcare for undocumented immigrants became a lightning rod issue after Biden and the majority of Democrat colleagues running for president said they supported the initiative. 

Later, Biden underscored his support, telling the media that he wants to allow undocumented immigrants to “buy into the system,” even as at least 30 million Americans are uninsured today.

Of those 30 million uninsured Americans, more than 7 in 10 have said that they do not have healthcare because they cannot afford it.

As previous reports have stated, forcing taxpayers to provide healthcare to undocumented immigrants would cost citizens anywhere between $23 billion to $66 billion every single year and potentially up to $660 billion for taxpayers every decade. 

Back in July 2019, U.S. voters were polled by CNN on the issue and nearly 6 in 10 said that they were opposed to such a policy, including 63 percent of swing voters and 61 percent of self-described “moderates.”

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Report: Biden pushing to give amnesty to illegal immigrants while millions of Americans remain unemployed

February 21st, 2021

This article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON, DC- As nearly four-million Americans are in the ranks of the long-term unemployed, Joe Biden wants to add millions more to the number of people looking for jobs.

That four-million number is up from 2.4 million last September, with such Americans making up 37% of the total unemployed, according to CNN Business.

According to Breitbart News, Biden’s so-called amnesty plan, which was dumped on the American people this past Thursday, would protect employers who hire illegal aliens instead of American citizens through the exclusion of the up-until-now E-Verify program.

Under Biden’s scheme, an estimated 11 to 22 million illegal aliens in the country (although a 2019 Yale University study pegged that number at nearly 30 million) would automatically gain legal status, putting them in competition with Americans kicked out of work primarily through draconian executive orders implemented by power-mad Democratic governors due to the coronavirus.

Such a scheme would also allow businesses to cut labor costs by hiring lower-skilled illegals, whom they could pay lower wages, thereby increasing their profit margins. This is one reason why such a scheme is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Furthermore, any type of amnesty program would likely fuel an already untenable crisis at the southern U.S. border, with additional illegal aliens likely flooding into the country through a porous border facilitated by the Biden administration’s apparent open border policies.

Moreover, the United States already suffers from foreign nationals who are here legally on work visas who overstay those visas with little risk of enforcement, with little or no punishment to employers who allow this practice.

Biden’s new amnesty plan would also scuttle the requirement of employers to use the E-Verify system, a program that screens employment eligibility of potential new hires. Further, the rather lax current E-Verify provisions requiring current hires from the screening requirements are not included in the legislation.

The scheme allegedly plans increase penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens over American citizens, however prosecutions even under President Trump for employers and/or businesses have been rather low.

Breitbart said that despite the fact there are an estimated eight million illegal aliens holding jobs in the U.S., only 11 employers and no businesses were prosecuted in 2018. Out of that number, only three received prison time.

However the plan does increase protections for illegal aliens who are in the country and working illegally. For example, one provision ensures illegal aliens are not deported from the U.S. while a worksite enforcement investigation is underway.

However, if anyone thinks the Biden administration will deport anyone who is here illegally, that likely won’t happen if you listen to what Democrats have been saying for years.

In addition, the plan will make it easier to get so-called “U visas” to illegal aliens who claim they are the victim of labor violations.

The plan was introduced by far-left immigration dove Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and comes in the midst of a plan by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) to nationally mandate the E-Verify program in order to protect American workers. 

That proposal would agree to gradually raise the federal minimum wage over the next four years. Yes, we said Mitt Romney, who has apparently come into a rare moment of acting kind of like a Republican.

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Mandatory E-Verify enjoys bipartisan voter support, uniting likely voters across racial, socioeconomic and party lines.

A Rasmussen Reports weekly poll found that over 70% of likely voters agree mandatory E-Verify should become law in order to protect the U.S. labor market; amazingly, over 74% of likely Hispanic voters agreed, with under 20% of likely voters opposing the program.

Likewise, 65 percent of likely voters believe it is better for employers to raise wages and try harder to recruit the 18.2 million Americans who are already out of work as opposed to importing cheaper foreign workers.

Moreover 61 percent of likely voters told Rasmussen that the U.S. already has enough skilled talent in the domestic labor pool for employers to recruit from.

All of this comes after U.S. jobless claims rose to 861,000 for first-time claims, which reversed a few weeks of declines. That number, according to CBS News was in increase of 13,000 from the previous week.

In addition, the Labor Department said that an additional 516,000 people applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, up a staggering 174,000 from the week before.

Another sign of the Biden economic malaise showed that employers only added 49,000 jobs in January, with a total of 10 million jobs being lost due to the pandemic.

The “good news” if you want to call it that is the unemployment rate dropped from 6.7% to 6.3%, however that is widely attributed to the fact that people have stopped looking for jobs.

So as American citizens continue to suffer, Biden wants to add millions more people, illegal to the competition for already scarce jobs. It’s shamefully apparent that the President of the United States appears to put non-citizens ahead of his own people in the competition for jobs.

Biden’s America.

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