California To Give Coronavirus Cash Payments To Illegal Immigrants; Costing $75 Million

California will give cash to immigrants living in the country illegally who are hurt by the coronavirus, offering $500 apiece to adults who were left out of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress, The Associated Press reports.

“We feel a deep sense of gratitude for people that are in fear of deportations that are still addressing essential needs of tens of millions of Californians,” Newsom said Wednesday in announcing his decision to direct $75 million of taxpayer money to the relief fund.

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In a move that will cost taxpayers in California $75 million, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that the state will give up to 150,000 illegal aliens $500 each as part of its coronavirus relief efforts. In announcing the state’s Disaster Relief Fund specifically designed for that purpose, California is now the first state to give coronavirus cash to illegal immigrants. The move comes as Californians have been hit particularly hard by the economic crisis resulting from state-mandated shutdowns.

Illegal immigrants, of which there are an estimated 2.2 million in California, comprise some 10% of the state’s workforce and account for some $2.5 billion in state and local taxes, the governor claimed.

One potential problem with the plan is widespread fear among illegal immigrants about coming in contact with government entities. In part to address that issue, California state officials will not be the ones deciding which illegal immigrants receive the cash.

“Instead, the state will give the money to a network of regional nonprofits to find and vet potential recipients,” The Associated Press reports. “Advocates say that’s key to making the plan work because immigrants are unlikely to contact the government for fear of deportation.” More

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