The immigrant community in Los Angeles may have something new to celebrate soon. Despite the stalls on change regarding U.S. immigration law, California is still paving the way when it comes to integrating immigrants into the system, whether those immigrants are documented or undocumented. The most recent struggle has centered on healthcare and how many undocumented immigrants are lacking in it.
In a move that simultaneously criticized Obamacare for its express exclusion of undocumented immigrants, one Democratic member of California’s legislation has proposed that California should set up a state healthcare program which would allow undocumented immigrants to register for Medi-Cal benefits. It has been reported that one million undocumented immigrants in California are currently without healthcare, which is almost half of the estimated illegal immigrant populace in the state.