Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed SB-104, which extends healthcare benefits to individuals 19 to 25 years of age, regardless of their immigration status.
State officials expect the plan to cover about 90,000 people and cost taxpayers $98 million.
However, critics argue this law will only incentivize illegal crossings and asylum seekers into the USA, which is something President Trump has criticized the California governor of doing in the past.More news: Asian shares advance after Fed signals United States rate cut likely
"The exclusion of undocumented elders from the same health care their USA citizen neighbors are eligible for means beloved community members will suffer and die from treatable conditions", said Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center.
"We're providing health care for everyone, regardless of immigration status", Newsom said.
In California, extending health advantages to undocumented immigrants is broadly accessible.
"The bold moves by Gov. Newsom and the Legislature will save Californians hundreds of millions of dollars in premiums and provide new financial assistance to middle-income Californians, which will help people get covered and stay covered", said Peter Lee, Covered California's executive director.More news: Amber Portwood Allegedly Came After Boyfriend With Machete in Domestic Battery Incident
California, the institute notes, has more immigrants than any other state.
Prior to reaching a compromise with Newsom, the state Senate proposed legislation that would cover illegal immigrant adults ages to 19 to 25 and 65 and older. So far, government funded programs have certain health care coverage for illegal's such as medical emergencies or pregnancies.
The plan does not cover all unauthorized immigrants under 25, only those whose incomes are low income to qualify.
Trump has publicly attacked Newsom's plans. It's insane what they are doing, ' he said. "And it's mean, and it's very unfair to our citizens".More news: Jokiharju traded to Sabres by Blackhawks for Nylander
"We're going to penalize the citizens of this state that have followed the rules, but we're going to let somebody who has not followed the rules come in here and get the services for free", said Republican state Senator Jeff Stone, according to CBS8.