As California announces a new budget proposal that will give health care benefits to some adult illegal aliens, some critics warn an internal crisis is putting the state at risk of a disease outbreak and should take care of its own first.

“Tuberculosis is exploding, rodent-borne—we are one of the only major cities in the country that does not have a rodent control program—and sanitation is broken down. We had a typhus outbreak last summer, we will have a typhus outbreak this summer … I’m hearing from experts that bubonic plague is likely—it’s already here. … The entire population is at risk!” said Dr. Drew Pinsky during a Fox News show on May 30.

Dr. Drew, a resident of Los Angeles, is a celebrity, board-certified doctor and addiction specialist giving a dire warning about the serious issues the city of Los Angeles faces. Issues that are likely to only get worse as the state takes on more illegal migrants while ignoring its own resident homelessness issue.

He claimed the politicians of California are “Negligent. Disgustingly negligent.”

Dr. Drew said, that as he was driving over to the television station for the interview, he wondered, “Do they want the people on the streets to die? … They don’t care if they die?” referring to the countless homeless people he saw on the streets in L.A County.

The celebrity doctor tweeted on May 10, “How much more homelessness must the mentally ill/addicted AND Californians endure? And now, the governor’s budget includes health care for illegal migrants … this, while we can’t seem to take care of the aforementioned.”

As bad as L.A. County’s homelessness issue is, lawmakers in California have proposed to give free Medi-Cal insurance to low-income illegal migrant adults, ages 19 to 25.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed the $98 million-a-year deal. Yet, the state Assembly bill would cover all illegal migrants over the age of 19 in California, which would cost an estimated $3.4 billion, according to Fox News.


Meanwhile, the state Senate wants to cover adults ages 19 to 25, as well as seniors 65 and older.

California’s sanctuary status

California is a sanctuary state, which means it limits local enforcement of federal immigration laws. It became an official sanctuary state when Senate Bill 54 was passed on Oct. 5, 2017.

For instance, if an illegal migrant is somehow stopped by municipal police, they cannot detain them unless the illegal migrant has committed a crime other than entering the United States without permission. Simply put, a sanctuary state or city limits local law enforcement duties not allowing them to act as immigration agents.

However, in the United States, including California, sheriffs are not always upholding sanctuary laws as municipal police are expected to in sanctuary cities and states.

Sheriffs are elected state officials, mainly responsible for unincorporated towns and lands, such as Native tribal lands, along with county jails. If ICE asks a county sheriff for an illegal migrant criminal, it is highly unlikely sheriffs would withhold a criminal from immigration enforcement, according to the Los Angeles Times.

If, however, the illegal is stopped by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a sanctuary city or state, that is a different situation altogether. ICE are federal agents and have federal law guiding their actions.

San Jose Police outraged

Yet despite California’s status as a sanctuary state, just last week, police officers in San Jose, California, were outraged that a proposal to make changes to sanctuary laws in their county was denied.

On June 4, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against a policy that would allow law enforcement to notify ICE officials when an illegal migrant in custody is released from the county jail.

A few months before, in early March, an illegal migrant male in his 20s entered the home of a San Jose mother of two, brutally stabbing her to death. The man had a long criminal record, reported ABC7.

The senseless crime prompted the proposal for policy change and its denial left the San Jose Police Officers Association voicing their upset, arranging a public news conference.

Carlos Eduardo Arevaling Carranzan on March 12, 2019. Supervisors in a Northern California county have refused to change a sanctuary policy that critics say allowed officials to release a gang member in the country illegally before he allegedly killed a woman. (San Jose Police Department via AP, File)