California Opens Up Taxpayer-Funded Coronavirus Funding to Illegal Aliens
Critics say funds should be for U.S. citizens, not undocumented migrants
California has now permitted undocumented immigrants to apply for the state’s taxpayer-funded coronavirus relief program that will pay $500 per person and $1,000 per household, according to reports.
Sacramento has freed up $75 million for the fund, designed to help 150,000 facing hardships during the coronavirus pandemic, the LA times reported.
But the Center for American Liberty is suing the state, arguing it's “not a slush" fund for Governor Gavin Newsom (D) to "spend as he sees fit.”
Critics of the new measure say the funds should be for U.S. citizens who are also struggling amid the pandemic, not illegal aliens who should not be in the state.
Newsom announced the measures last month saying the funds would be paid via a community-based model of regional nonprofit organizations.
“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.
California is home to around 2 million undocumented immigrants who are not eligible to receive any kind of stimulus.
President Donald Trump told members of the press last month that the reason illegal aliens living in America won't receive coronavirus stimulus checks from the U.S. Government is actually quite simple, "They came in illegally."
“Well, you know, you are saying undocumented, meaning they came in illegally,” Trump said.
According to the reports, the taxpayer funds could hit $125 million, including $50 million from donations.
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The state website opened on Monday but later crashed due to the sheer amount of visitors traffic, according to the Fresno Bee.
“The website is currently up and running, and we are continuing to increase its capacity,” Scott Murray, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Social Services, told the Bee.
Attorney and fellow with Legal Aid at Work, Kim Ouillette, said the state should “step in and do something more significant” because funds only cover a percentage of the illegal aliens.
Gov. Gavin Newsom faced a backlash from Republicans like Senate Leader Shannon Grove, who said he should spend the money instead on food banks, equipment for students, and local governments struggling with revenue losses.
“Instead of meeting these urgent needs, Governor Newsom has chosen to irresponsibly pursue a left-wing path and unilaterally secured $125 million for undocumented immigrants,” said Grove, who represents Bakersfield.
Meanwhile, Newsom proposed a 'shrinking' of the state’s prison population to help save money due to the financial pressure on budgets because of the coronavirus pandemic.