California Governor Offers $500 Payments to Illegal Immigrants Due to Coronavirus
Democrat Gavin Newsom boats of taxpayer funded aid
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that his state would pay $500 in cash to illegal immigrants in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The payments will be taken out of $75 million taxpayer-funded Disaster Relief Fund, which will then paid via a community-based model of regional nonprofit organizations, The Hill reported.
“California is the most diverse state in the nation. Our diversity makes us stronger and more resilient," Newsom said.
"Every Californian, including our undocumented neighbors and friends, should know that California is here to support them during this crisis. We are all in this together,” he added.
Around 150,000 adult illegal immigrants will receive the payment of $500 with a max of $1,000 per household.
Additionally, $50 million will be raised by charities, totaling $125 million, according to KUSI.
Newsom added that illegal immigrants wouldn't even need to give their personal information to receive the support payment.
“Californians care deeply about undocumented residents in this state," Newsom said.
He added that his state is “not just waiting for the federal government to do that for us.”
2.2 million illegal immigrants are living in California in 2016, according to The Pew Research Center estimation.
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Earlier this month, Newsom said the coronavirus was “opportunity” to push progressive policies in his state and across the United States.
Newsom said during a virtual press conference:
“Absolutely, we see this as an opportunity reshape the way we do business and how we govern."
The Governor's remarks came following a question about whether he saw “the potential” in the crisis for “a new progressive era” in California.
“That shouldn’t put shivers up the spines of one party or the other,” he said.
“I think it’s an opportunity anew for both parties to come together and meet this moment and really start to think more systemically, not situationally, not just about getting out of this moment.”
Newsome echoed Democratic House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) who boasted to colleagues that the crucial bipartisan bill, aimed at giving economic relief to Americans amid the global coronavirus pandemic, provides a "tremendous opportunity" for Democrats to advance their partisan agenda.