[A] group of Democrats in California wants to pass a 10-bill package of immigration related issues that if successful, may just give illegals enough rights that could allow them take political control of the state. The liberal politicians are also hoping that their package of bills creates a momentum that leads to the passage of similar immigration bills in other states and nationally.
Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), President pro tempore of the California Senate, commented about the proposed legislation:
“Our message to other states and to members of Congress in Washington, D.C., is that there’s nothing to be afraid of. What is it that we fear in embracing the millions of human beings that are already living in our communities?”
The LA Times describes one of the most controversial and costly bills in the package:
“The most far-reaching of the new proposals would offer enrollment in Medi-Cal — California’s healthcare program for the poor — to people who qualify regardless of immigration status.”
“In California, about 1.8 million people who are in the country illegally lack healthcare coverage, according to estimates by UC Berkeley and UCLA. About 1.5 million of them would qualify for Medi-Cal.”