President Donald Trump said Democratic White House contenders’ willingness to extend government health care to people in the country illegally will get him re-elected.
All Democrats on the stage for the second night of the debates Thursday, Jun 27, in Miami raised their hands when asked if they would give health care to migrants in the country illegally.
Trump tweeted: “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!?”
He then added: “That’s the end of that race!”
All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2019
All 10 candidates at the second Democratic presidential debate said their proposals for government health insurance would include coverage for immigrants in the country illegally.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, argued Thursday that not discriminating against covering all immigrants is humane, fiscally responsible, and a matter of public health.
Buttigieg said even immigrants in the country illegally pay sales taxes, indirect or direct property taxes and, in many cases, payroll taxes.
Biden said covering everyone means more people would get primary care and wouldn’t have to wait until they needed emergency room care that taxpayers have to finance. Federal law already requires ERs to treat anyone in need.
California Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) promised Thursday to use her first day in office to help people brought to the country illegally as children become citizens. She declared she’d use “the microphone that the president of the United States holds in her hand” to be a voice for real reform on the issue.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he’d invest in Central America. Sen. Bernie Sanders promised to repeal “every damn thing” President Donald Trump has done on immigration.
Former Vice President Joe Biden promised a “surge” of aid and relief workers to the border to release children from the enclosures and reunite them with their families.
Asked about the Obama administration’s deportation of 3 million, Biden said the president that he served under “did a heck of a job” and that it would be wrong to compare him to President Donald Trump.
Includes the reports from The Associated Press.