Newsom promised healthcare for immigrants. A new poll shows strong public support for it

Alonzo Osche
Top left: Francisca Verduzco, left, and her sister, Itzel Verduzco, center, hold signs supporting immigrant rights while attending March in Solidarity with Immigrants, San Diego. Top right: Kyle Fox, 4, and his father, Brady Fox, hold a sign at a vigil held to support the victims of the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting. Bottom right: Emily Jones, right, and her daughters Tyra Neptune-Lucas, 12, second from right, and Lyssa Ballard, 16, center, hold signs on Espola Road to show support for Chabad of Poway. Bottom left: Kamri Jackson, center, holds up a sign as she and other people protest the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Donald Trump's travel ban while in front of the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building in San Diego.

Francisca Verduzco, left, and her sister, Itzel Verduzco, center, hold signs supporting immigrant rights while attending March in Solidarity with Immigrants, San Diego. (Howard Lipin/San Diego Union-Tribune)

It was a breakthrough event befitting Cesar Chavez Day: A major poll showed that California voters support providing tax-paid healthcare for immigrants living here illegally.

In all the polling by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California over many years, it had never before found support among likely voters for giving full-blown public healthcare to undocumented immigrants.

Chavez cofounded a labor group in the 1960s that ultimately became the United Farm Workers Union.

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