Central Valley congressman attracts protesters, supporters during speech
MODESTO, Calif. (KCRA) — While on spring break Wednesday, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, was back in California’s 10th Congressional District, getting an earful from opponents and supporters.
“I want to get people in our community back to work,” Denham told the crowd inside the Gallo Center.
On Wednesday, Denham said he introduced a bill allowing the children of undocumented immigrants to gain legal status by serving in the military.
“The Enlist Act would allow DREAMers that have been here in our community, that can pass a background check and have already graduated from high schools, this would actually give them the opportunity to serve the only nation they know,” Denham said.
The Enlist Act has 175 co-authors, Denham said, including Republicans and Democrats.
Denham wants California to offer higher reimbursement rates for doctors.
“California reimburses doctors 48th out of 50th in the country,” Denham said. “The governor needs to have some skin in the game on this and make sure that doctors are paid so that they have an incentive to see patients."