California is one of the largest states in the U.S., and it is no surprise that it comprises one of the most diverse populations in the country. California is particularly home to many Mexican immigrants whom President Trump has taken shots at during the election process and even during his presidency. One thing is for sure—Senator Kevin de Leon is not accepting Trump’s separatist conversation, and he boldly made this declaration during an event at University of California, Riverside amongst hundreds of college students.
Not only did Leon address how Trump’s conversations regarding economic policies is against the core values of Americans, but he highlighted how it is even against our own financial progression. Although Trump casually discusses his plan to deport thousands of undocumented immigrants and to build a wall to prevent Mexicans from crossing into the U.S., the reality is that his plan to deport hundreds of thousands of Americans would cost the country billions of dollars. The question then becomes, how are undocumented immigrants draining the U.S. economy and which situation would be more damaging to our long term financial success? It would appear as though having more hands to help shape the U.S. into its finer self would be beneficial than less hands. Senator Leon clearly agrees with this notion, yet, during his speech at UC Riverside, he was still met by a few Trump supporters who heckled him, even referring to him as a traitor. Leon has worked toward fighting against Trump’s administration for some time. He has even provided shelter for illegal immigrants.
Beyond Kevin de Leon fighting the force of President Trump, it is important to understand what is at stake for undocumented immigrants financially. Due to Trump’s threats of deportation, many immigrant families are living in preparation for the worst situation. Similar to Y2K when so many families stocked up on water and dry food supplies, many undocumented families are stocking up on all necessary supplies in case they are required to leave the country that they have come to value as home.
The promise of the pursuit of happiness is semi-crushed for many families in this predicament. Spending money on the luxuries of American living could be too costly, especially if that joy is soon to be taken away from family members. This is not just a case of less privileges for a community of people who must be more cost-conservative. This is a case of living on the edge of terror daily in fear that all that one has worked to create in a land of promise could be removed.
Trump’s deportation plan could be massively devastating for Riverside County. A recent data report showed that there are approximately 161,000 undocumented immigrants living in that region. Of those that are considered undocumented, 15,000 are between the ages of 3 and 17. Deportation could have a crippling effect on any person, particularly younger children whose identities have likely been largely formulated in the United States. Overall, we encourage readers to remain updated on how deportation and finances will work to the benefit or detriment of the economy because Trump’s plans appear counterintuitive.
More business is being brought to Riverside County, and it’s not in ways most anticipated. Who would have ever thought that expanding medical facilities would create more opportunities for people than any other recent construction project in town? Riverside County has medical facilities that will achieve additional funds to expand their initiatives. The health system in Riverside is looking to utilize close to 300 million dollars in making their facilities a much brighter environment. The plan is to work halfway through the next decade. Close to half of the money used in this project will come from multimillion dollar bonds and this initiative is seeking approval by the industrial authority and Newport News City Council. Additionally, if the hospital is to be expanded and achieve the funds needed to carry out the project, it will face another stipulation money-wise. Funds from the bond must be used toward the mission of the project within three years.
This hospital expansion project will impact numerous medical centers including The Garden at Warwick Forest. This facility is known for housing a number of sick and elderly patients. As a part of this project, The Garden at Warwick Forest will receive new sleeping rooms and better technology to help with the up-keep of patient records. This is a major advancement to help support the further growth of the facility as well as the quality of service provided to patients. It is important that hospitals employ the latest technology to help process patient information more speedily and adequately, and the funds geared toward this expansion project are intended for that purpose.
Patriots Colony in the county of James City will also gain new expansions to their existing retirement facilities. New buildings provide self-sufficient living for some and a nursing home for others. This building project will be extraordinary given the fact that other facilities will become a part of the Patriots Colony. Currently, Patriots Colony does not have an emergency entrance—with the funds allocated toward expanding this retirement home, an emergency room will be added to the facility which will make it convenient for anyone experiencing illness to be readily viewed by a qualified doctor.
Beyond creating more opportunities for people to be cared for, this facility extension project is also a big win for the Riverside County community overall because more jobs will be created. It is estimated that close to 250 jobs will be brought to the community due to this one expansion project. The level of expertise required for these jobs has not been fully determined, but it can be safely assumed that both high and low level skillsets will be needed in order to maintain the facilities. Although change can be met with fear, it appears as though this project can only benefit the residents of the community, providing both better health options and job opportunities to people in need.