Congressman Doug LaMalfa, republican of Richvale issued the following statement after California Governor Gavin Newsom agreed to a deal with California lawmakers to expand free health coverage to illegal immigrants in the upcoming budget.

“Sacramento has long had a reputation for coming up with some crazy ideas, but providing free health coverage to illegal immigrants just might take the cake,” LaMalfa said. “Clearly, Governor Newsom and the state legislature haven’t been paying much attention to our state’s booming homelessness problem and have now decided to further incentivize illegal immigration. If California already can’t take care of its own people, why would the state even consider prioritizing those here illegally? The dangerous actions by the state will also place a higher burden on the federal government, as our already overwhelmed border agents will face an even greater surge in attempted illegal border crossings. This is an unjustifiable and irresponsible decision by the state that will make California a magnet for illegal immigration and impose higher costs on taxpayers from all across the country.”

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama counties.

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