Statement: Supreme Court Deadlock on Immigration Plan

June 23, 2016

Ruling has potential to deny families access to healthcare

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chair of the Senate Health Committee, released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s deadlocked ruling in the U.S. v. Texas case. California allows immigrants granted deferred action to receive comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage. With this ruling, families will no longer be eligible for comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage that they would have received under President Obama’s plan.

“As Chair of the Senate Health Committee, I am deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court’s decision fell on the wrong side of history by not upholding President Obama’s immigration plan. Without a full Supreme Court, and a lame-duck Congress unable to lead on immigration reform, it leaves millions of lives vulnerable to the shifting political winds. In California, this decision will deprive countless families access to comprehensive healthcare. I believe healthcare is a fundamental right for all human beings, and as a state and country, we are stronger when everyone has access to affordable, quality coverage. Although California has been a leader in policies that value a cohesive society and basic human dignity, this ruling is a stark reminder of how much work we have yet to do as a nation on this issue.”