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Be very afraid If Newsom is worried about Illegal immigration in post Title 42 world
Dennis Wyatt 2022
Dennis Wyatt

Gavin Newsom is not anti-immigration — legal or otherwise — by any stretch of the imagination.

In his first four years in office the governor has implemented or advocated the following:

*Issued California drivers’ license to illegal immigrants.

*Signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants state identification cards.

*Unveiled a 2022-2023 state budget plan that includes universal health care benefits for illegal immigrants of all ages.

*Previously approved universal health care for illegal immigrants under the age of 25.

*Embraced policies that provide illegal immigrants free access to post-secondary education.

Perhaps that is why Newsom’s remarks Monday might strike some as stunning.

The governor warned the man he promised not to challenge for the 2024 presidential nomination that the Biden Administration’s plan to reverse the Title 42 policy implemented during the Trump administration  could “break his state.”

Newsom’s remarks on ABC News referenced the policy that allowed the border patrol and other law enforcement to expedite the expulsion of illegal immigrants.

The Biden Administration instead of seeking a way to avoid what could be an unprecedented surge in illegal entries into the country, has so far opted not to find a work around to a court order ordering the government to stop using authority it was conferred under Title 42 since March 2020.

The Department of Homeland Security expects more migrants that haven’t met criteria to enter this country legally to be  released into the United States while awaiting requests for asylum to be processed.

 It is a major policy shift that Newsom astutely alludes to as having the potential of being a tectonic shift with much of the damage falling on California.

"The fact is, what we’ve got right now is not working and is about to break in a post-42 world unless we take some responsibility and ownership,” Newsom told ABC News.

Newsom point blank said the U.S. government is sending "more and more" migrants to California because the state is "taking care of folks . . . The more we do, the burden is placed disproportionate on us.”

The start of what Newsom fears will be a tsunami wave of more immigrants who haven’t been fully vetted or met legal muster for entering will be dumped on the country with California tasking the brunt when Title 42 ends next week.

If Newsom is sounding the alarm, rest assured he doesn’t want California or his legacy to suffer the same fate of the Titanic.

No one, of course, knows what this will mean in exact numbers.

The Department of Homeland Security this week didn't indicate how many migrants may cross the border when Title 42 ends. Earlier this year, they expected as many as 18,000 a day.

That is a staggering number.

It means lifting of Title 42 within a month would allow the equivalent of an additional 540,000 immigrants that have not met the legal criteria to enter the United States to be released into the country. To put that in perspective, the population of all of San Joaquin County is 789,410.

Want some  more sobering numbers?

*In May, migrants were stopped an average of 7,800 times a day from crossing illegally into the United States.

*Illegal migrants were stopped 2.38 million times, up 37% from 1.73 million times the year before in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

*The annual total of illegal immigrants prevented from entering on an annual basis surpassed 2 million for the first time.

Of course, the border patrol does not apprehend all of those trying to enter illegally.

And while it is clear that 7,800 daily attempted illegal crossings also reflects a lot of repeat offenders, the point is a lot of people still get into the country illegally.

And now those that have to “wait” outside the United States’ southern border to enter until asylum requests are processed will be allowed to come in anyway.

Keep in mind this is all unfolding as California faces a projected $25 billion budget deficit in the fiscal year starting July 1, 2023.

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office warning doesn’t pencil in a recession. If a recession hits, the deficit is projected to soar to between $30 billion and $50 billion.

If that happens, the current $308 billion spending levels in the state fiscal budget would have to be slashed 15 percent. Toss in a surge of illegal immigrants assured government entitlements and the numbers climb even higher.

The last time the state had a double-digit budget cut, Sacramento bureaucrats kept their jobs.

That happened because the state highjacked local taxes to keep the state bureaucracy and spending plans intact.

The cost to communities was staggering. In Manteca, it forced the city to lay off 12 police officers. Most school districts let teachers go. Spending on road maintenance was slashed.

Newsom noted California, which is struggling to house its homeless, has no room to take additional immigrants seeking asylum.

The state already gets the biggest share of immigrants — illegal and otherwise — due in part to its largeness. The Public Policy Institute of California. estimated 22 percent of the nearly early 11 million immigrants in the state are in the U.S. illegally.

California, by federal estimates in 2016, had 24 percent of the nation’s estimated 12.1 million illegal immigrants. That’s proportionately double the 12 percent of the United States population overall that resides in California.

"We're already at capacity at nine of our sites," Newsom shared with ABC News "We can't continue to fund all of these sites because of the budgetary pressures now being placed on this state and the offsetting issues that I have to address.… The reality is, unless we're doing what we're doing, people will end up on the streets."

There it is.

The federal government in less than five days is opening the door to the country in such a manner that the homeless problems this state is struggling with now will be looked back upon fondly as the good old days.

There is a lot of finger pointing to go around.

But this is not the time for finger pointing.

That said, it’s ironic that words Gavin Newsom uttered in February 2004 as mayor of San Francisco while referencing another subject, aptly sum up the coming situation created by how generous state leaders including Newsom has been with resources that have served — perhaps not by design — to lure more and more illegals to California.

“By the way, as California goes, so goes the rest of the nation . It’s inevitable. The door’s wide open now. It’s going to happen, whether you like it or not. This is the future and it’s now.”