Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces $125 Million COVID-19 Stimulus Plan For Illegal Immigrants

Nick Kangadis | April 16, 2020
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California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) announced Wednesday that the state, along with a philanthropic partnership, will provide a $125 million stimulus for people living in the state of California illegally.

The plan is said to be comprised of $75 million of taxpayer money and $50 million given by an amalgam of charities. Newsom said that individual assistance will be $500 and household assistance "up to $1,000."

During the announcement, Newsom spoke about how those who live in the state illegally are helping "tens of millions of Californians" by continuing to work in the "health care sector, in the agriculture and food sector, in the manufacturing and logistics sector, and in the construction sector."

Here's more of what Newsom said during his Wednesday press conference:

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. And that's why I'm proud as governor to be the first state to announce a program for direct disaster assistance to those individuals. We're putting up $75 million in partnership with philanthropy. Philanthropy is matching our efforts - not dollar for dollar - but they're putting an additional $50 million to support our efforts. So a total of $125 million to provide individual assistance of $500 and household assistance up to $1,000 for those individuals that are, quite literally, putting themselves on the line in helping support this economy and helping those most in need at this moment.

According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2016, California has an "unauthorized immigrant population" of 2.2 million people. 

To view Newsom's announcement, watch below:


H/T: Fox News