California will become the first state to give health insurance to undocumented immigrants

Gov. Gavin Newsom released attack ads Monday urging Floridians to move to California in the days after he became the first state to move to offer all illegal immigrants state-subsidized health insurance.

Newsom bought $105,000 worth of commercials that began airing on Fox News in Florida, sparking speculation that he could mount a presidential run in 2024.

The ads urge Sunshine State residents who are fed up with their Republican Governor Ron DeSantis to head west. DeSantis is also rumored to be considering running for 2024, even though former President Donald Trump is likely to seek the nomination.

The 30-second ad doesn’t mention DeSantis directly, but points to his conservative legislative accomplishments in Florida, such as banning critical racial theory from classrooms, banning schools from teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity to children from kindergarten to fourth degree and a 15-week abortion ban.

“It’s Independence Day,” Newsom says in the ad, which aired Monday, July 4. “So let’s talk about what’s going on in America.”

“Liberty is under attack in your state,” Newsom tells Floridians who see the ad. “Republican leaders: You are banning the books. Making it harder to vote. Restriction of speech in the classrooms. Even criminalizing women and doctors.’

Last weekend, Newsom released a fiscal year 2023 budget that includes offering undocumented immigrants, regardless of age, state-subsidized health insurance.

The health care expansion is part of Medi-Cal, which already offers coverage for illegal immigrants under the age of 26 and over 50, as well as recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The move to provide more medical care comes as thousands of migrants continue to cross the US southern border every day.  Pictured: A migrant caravan heads to the US in June.

The move to provide more medical care comes as thousands of migrants continue to cross the US southern border every day. Pictured: A migrant caravan heads to the US in June.

Less than a week after an abandoned semi was found on the side of the road outside San Antonio, Texas, with dozens of migrants in critical condition and 53 others dead.

It also comes less than a week after an abandoned semi was found on the side of the road outside San Antonio, Texas, with dozens of migrants in critical condition and 53 others dead.

Now, the state is expanding that coverage option to 700,000 undocumented residents in the Golden State between the ages of 26 and 49 starting in January 2024.

Migration continues to increase at the southern border with the third consecutive month of increased crossings in May.

Thousands of migrants who were part of a caravan that began in southern Mexico ended their journey to the US border just two days after leaving when they were issued permits to stay in the country for 30 days.

Mexican officials handed out 3,000 temporary residence permits on Sunday and put an end to the march of mostly Venezuelans and Central Americans.

The move occurs after a Report of the United Nations Missing Migrants Project revealed that more migrants died in 2021 in the United States than in any other year since it began recording data in 2014.

Authorities found a truck full of around 100 migrants last Monday abandoned in sweltering conditions on the side of the road outside of San Antonio, Texas. Dozens were left in critical condition and 53 died en route.

The incident was the deadliest human trafficking tragedy in US history.

Recent UN analysis found that 1,238 migrants died or went missing in the Americas in 2021. The project said this is likely an undercount as there were problems with data collection last year.

Mexican authorities are likely trying to combat recent border tragedies and heightened scrutiny by disrupting a caravan heading to the US border from southern Mexico.

The immigration crisis continues to escalate under the current administration, as CBP found 239,416 migrants in May, the highest since Biden took office.

The immigration crisis continues to escalate under the current administration, as CBP encountered 239,416 migrants in May, the highest level since Biden took office.

The temporary residence permits will allow these migrants to remain in Mexican territory for up to 30 days while they carry out immigration procedures, according to officials from the National Institute of Migration of Mexico.

This, however, only serves as a way for the migrants in the caravan to speed up their journey north, claiming that the permits allow them to get off and continue via other means of transportation.

‘We are going to follow the United States on buses because we already have the permit. We no longer need to walk,’ said a Venezuelan, William Molina, after receiving permission from him. He travels with 10 relatives.

The one of thousands of migrants, who began walking from the border city of Tapachula on Friday, was the ninth migrant caravan to form so far this year in southern Mexico.

Migration has returned to the spotlight following the discovery last week of an abandoned cargo truck in San Antonio.

The tragedy coincided with a US Supreme Court ruling allowing the Biden administration to end a measure imposed by President Donald Trump that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while US officials processed their asylum claims. .

A migrant wears a Venezuelan flag around his neck as he walks with other migrants in a caravan toward the US border on Friday, July 1.

A migrant wears a Venezuelan flag around his neck as he walks with other migrants in a caravan toward the US border on Friday, July 1.

Although the migrant caravans have attracted media attention, those who participate in them represent a small percentage of the migratory flow that arrives daily at the Mexico-Guatemala border, usually with the help of smugglers.

Another Venezuelan in the group, Francisco Daniel Marcano, said he hoped the permit would help him get to northern Mexico and into US territory. But, he said, if he doesn’t make it to the US, he will try to find a job in northern Mexico to earn money to send to his parents and three children in Venezuela.

In the last 30 days, at least three large groups totaling some 13,000 people have tried to walk across the border with Guatemala, according to Mexico’s immigration agency.

Many migrants oppose the Mexican strategy of keeping them in the south, away from the US border. They say the process of normalizing their status – usually through an asylum application – takes too long and they cannot support themselves while waiting weeks in Tapachula because jobs are scarce.

But the last caravans, made up mostly of entire families, have managed to advance only about 28 miles to Huixtla, where Mexican authorities have managed to disperse the groups by issuing temporary residence permits.

Migration at the US southern border has continued to increase in the summer months.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) found 239,416 migrants in May alone, marking an increase for the third month in a row. Figures for June have yet to be released.