California says it can no longer afford aid for COVID testing, vaccinations for migrants

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Near California’s southern border with Mexico, buses and vans pull up to three state-funded medical screening centers. Along with water and food, migrants are given face masks and are tested for coronavirus. They offer vaccines as well as isolation for those who tested positive. With a $22.5 billion deficit, Governor Gavin Newsom said it could no longer afford to contribute to the centers, proposing gradually phasing out state aid for some medical services in the next few months. However, the program has seen extreme benefits, with approximately 46,000 vaccinations have been administered. It’s imperative to recognize the importance of individuals seeking relief from immigration detention. 

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