It sounds humanitarian, but it isn't. It will make our situation far worse by encouraging even more illegal immigration. It will transfer even more money from U.S. citizens to Mexican citizens and give a huge benefit to the Mexican government, which won't have to take care of their own citizens as a grown-up country should. And, it will also be a huge benefit to those who employ the parents of those illegal aliens. Those corrupt companies will be able to pay even less, safe in the knowledge that benefits will be provided by the state ("corporatism").
The better solution would be for Arnie to restrict his program to U.S. citizens and legal residents and at the same time working to reduce - rather than increase - illegal immigration. Since he's getting advice from someone linked to the Mexican government as well as from at least two people linked to the Bush administration, that might be a bit difficult. But, perhaps Arnie should read his contract again and try to understand who he's supposed to represent.
Expect anyone who opposes this scheme to be portrayed as a meanie, but hopefully they can rise above the smears and articulate the negatives of Arnie's scheme.
The article provides the almost unbelievable news that an earlier plan from Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) excluded illegal aliens. However, as one might expect, a plan from Fabian Nunez included them.
UPDATE: FAIR says:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to provide health coverage to every child in California, including illegal aliens, could leave the state liable for untold billions in unforeseen costs in the future, warns the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The conservatively estimated cost of $400 million a year could easily balloon to many times that figure. Costs will grow as the numbers of illegal aliens in California increase and may rise even more dramatically as legal residents of other states take advantage of a federal law that requires that state benefits made available to illegal aliens must be made available to all legal U.S. residents...
California · Thu, 01/04/2007 - 10:47 · Importance: 1