California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a lawsuit over his administration's allocation of $75 million in funds for illegal immigrants who have been impacted by the coronavirus in his state.
The suit was filed by conservative legal group Judicial Watch, which accused Newsom of pushing "plainly illegal direct cash payments, using taxpayer dollars, to illegal aliens."
"The governor has no legal authority on his own to spend state taxpayer money for cash payments to illegal aliens, and coronavirus doesn't give him or any other politician a pass to violate the law," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
Newsom's initiative, which two-thirds of is funded by state money and one-third by private donations, was launched due to illegal immigrants not qualifying for coronavirus stimulus funds distributed by the federal government starting last month.