Gavin Newsom, the Democratic governor of California, warned Monday that President Biden’s plan to roll back former President Donald Trump’s border policies could “destroy” his state.
The Biden administration plans to repeal the Trump-era Title 42 policy, which allows police and border officials to expedite the removal of illegal immigrants.
Newsom told ABC News on Monday, “The reality is that what we have now is not working, and if we don’t take some responsibility and ownership, it’s going to break down in a post-42 world.”
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“I say this as a father,” the governor added. “I’m saying this as someone who feels a responsibility to be part of the solution, and I’m trying to do what I can here.”
Newsom said the U.S. government is sending “more” immigrants to California because the state “takes care of people.”
“The more work we do, the disproportionate burden is placed on us,” he said.
“We are already up and running at nine of our sites,” Newsom continued. “We can’t continue to fund all of these sites because of the budget pressures on this state and the compensation issues that I have to deal with. … The reality is that if we don’t do what we’re doing, people will end up on the streets.”
Newsom’s comments came as a surprise after years of policy to expand protections and resettle illegal immigrants who enter California.
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About 22 percent of California’s nearly 11 million immigrants are in the United States illegally, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.
In September, Newsom signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to obtain state ID, saying, “We are a sanctuary state — a majority minority state, where 27% are immigrants.”
In January, Newsom released his 2022-23 California budget plan, which includes universal health benefits for all low-income residents, including illegal immigrants.
The Biden administration is calling for billions in additional funding for the border, as it predicts a sharp increase in the number of clashes with migrants when its authority to quickly deport migrants expires later this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The court ruled the administration illegal and ordered it to stop using the authority, which has been used to quickly return migrants to Mexico since March 2020.