Rogues and Thieves

by Lou Binninger

A local employer wondered whether he should still complete an I-9 form when hiring a new worker. The US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) I-9 is for Employment Eligibility Verification. The USCIS website says “All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens.”

Certain noncitizens have permission to work but not illegal aliens. An I-9 completed honestly by an illegal could bring ICE calling.

However, this employer is in California, a rogue state that is now picking and choosing which federal laws to obey. Is it still illegal to hire an illegal in California? Politicians are ordering law enforcement to release border busters and ignore requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain the lawbreakers.

The state college system including nearby Yuba College ordered staff to pay the $495 fee for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students. And, DACA student out of state tuition fees have been waived. They would qualify for hardship benefits.

Campus personnel were told not to cooperate with immigration authorities. All this may create resentment among hard working overregulated and taxed parents who pay their property taxes, college bonds and the cost of tuition and books for their children.

While the state endorses and advocates lawlessness, a politically bipolar Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced legislation to root out the state’s underground economy and bring it to justice. According to a 2013 University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Labor Center report, the state’s black market is estimated at $60 to $140 billion annually, depriving the state of $8.5 billion in corporate, personal, and sales and use taxes each year.

A study with findings that general sounds contrived, bought and paid for or just plain trash talk. However, you don’t need to be an illegal alien to be someone willing to work “under the table” in the once Golden State. The egregious and burdensome regulations together with fees, taxes, surcharges and fines are creating criminals out of honest folk. The state has passed the tipping point where people are bothered by a conscience that says they need to pay more for these “wonderful” benefits.

State infrastructure is approaching Third World quality and the service is horrid. Agencies are overstaffed, overpaid and underperforming. State lawbreakers pass 1,000 new laws annually to control, manipulate and force their social agenda.

Becerra’s Senate Bill 1272 would permanently establish the Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) Task Force within the California Department of Justice, and add a permanent Task Force across the State: Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, the Bay Area, and Fresno. The question is will Becerra’s “people” be arrested along with other ethnic groups? And, will those here illegally be arrested?

In other thieves and predators news from Sacramento the state purposely ignored Medicaid rules by enrolling hundreds of thousands of ineligible adults according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG says the state bilked the federal government out of more than $1 billion in funding. And, these figures probably understate the amount that California officials have stolen from taxpayers. The OIG used a six month sample, from October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, to arrive at its conclusions.

Like the doctors who defraud Medicaid, California asked for and received funds to which it wasn’t entitled — only big time. States are required to ensure that new enrollees are eligible. The steps to qualify are clearly noted by HHS: The state must verify that applicants meet citizenship and residency requirements, have a household income at or below 138 percent of the FPL (Federal Poverty Level), be from 19 to 64 years of age, not be eligible for any other mandatory coverage group, not be pregnant, not be entitled to Medicare benefits, and furnish a Social Security number.

California officials made no serious effort to verify any of these data. The OIG sample revealed that 18 percent of enrollees were clearly ineligible, and that another 9 percent are most likely in violation. All of these enrollees failed one or more of the above-noted requirements.

So, how did this happen? Obamacare removed the incentive to be thorough and honest. At present, 1 in 3 Californians are on Medicaid. As long as the “Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)” remains in place, the federal government will pay a minimum of 90 percent of California’s Medicaid costs for new enrollees. Thus, state officials don’t want to get it right.

If a doctor cashes-in on unallowable Medicaid reimbursements he goes to jail for fraud. In California, rulers can break the law at will with no consequences. Remember, this is a rogue state for those in charge.

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