In the month of March, border officials saw the most significant number of apprehensions in a single day on the southern border with 3,700 people apprehended. The situation continued to escalate in April when the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced that 418,000 immigrants were arrested at the border in the first half of the fiscal year 2019, surpassing the entirety of arrests in the fiscal year 2018.
The influx of immigrants didn’t stop there, as Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said Wednesday these numbers are “off the charts” — with April alone seeing 109,144 immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. illegally before being caught.
However, that’s not stopping former Vice President Joe Biden from offering more incentives for people trying to enter the country illegally.
Biden told reporters on Wednesday that the U.S. has an “obligation” to offer health care, “regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented.”
Watch the video below:
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden says the United States is "obligated" to give health care to illegal alienspic.twitter.com/9QEubaTvbM
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 9, 2019
Biden (over tacos in LA) on the rising numbers of apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border: “This is a crisis created by Trump. This is a crisis created by the administration. And that’s why there’s hordes coming.” pic.twitter.com/QmfNurOu7I
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) May 8, 2019
But what would this cost law-abiding Americans?
The “Medicare for All” health care plan — laid out by 2020 Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and has the support of a few other candidates — is an idea that has been criticized by Republicans over its hefty price tag, costing at least $32.6 trillion over a decade.
Since the health care plan — which would only cover American citizens — is already projected to cost a large sum, adding illegal immigrants to it would only drive up the cost for the bill.
Health care expert Seth Denson previously knocked Sanders’ proposal by laying out the facts.
“The Democrats are talking about Medicare for All, it’s not Medicare at all,” Denson said. He noted that it would result in double the taxes for Americans and kill millions of jobs.
At his first official campaign stop on March 29 since announcing his presidential bid, Biden expressed his support for Americans having the option to Medicare but stopped short of offering full support to Sanders’ proposal.