California opens up coronavirus relief funds to illegal immigrants

by Jordyn Pair · May 19th, 2020 9:34 am

Last Updated May 21st, 2020 at 8:16 am

Illegal immigrants in California are now able to apply for the state's coronavirus relief program, collecting $500 per person and up to $1,000 per household.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in April that he would spend $75 million in taxpayer money to create a Disaster Relief Fund for illegal immigrants. The fund could help about 150,000 people who have been facing financial troubles due to the coronavirus pandemic and could reach $125 million, including $50 million in donations. It is expected to run out quickly.

California is home to roughly 2 million illegal immigrants who are not able to receive federal aid.

The funding has received backlash. The Center for American Liberty is suing the state, saying that the money is "not a slush fund for the governor to spend as he sees fit."

Senate Republican Leader Shannon said in April that Newsom should spend the money on food banks, equipment for students to continue their education online, and local governments suffering from revenue losses.

Applications for aid will be available until June 30 or until funds run out.


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