Illegal aliens, who are affected by the deadly disease in California, have been invited to apply for their share in $75 million of taxpayer money.
The state Legislature recently approved CCP Virus (COVID-19) disaster relief assistance for immigrants who are staying illegally in the Golden State. Individuals can receive up to $500 each while families are eligible for up to $1,000 per household if impacted by the CCP Virus.
“California is providing one time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status,” the California Department of Social Services website said. “A household is defined as individuals who live and purchase and prepare meals together.”
Applications are being accepted through 12 nonprofit organizations, which the department appointed to provide immigration services in each county.
“Individuals who are interested in applying for this assistance should contact the nonprofit organization listed for their county … directly to inquire about assistance availability,” the department said on its website. “The nonprofit organization will assist individuals with the application process, confirm their eligibility, and deliver a payment card to approved applicants [in-person pick-up or through the mail.]”
Successful applicants must demonstrate they are undocumented adults aged 18 or over, ineligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance through the CARES Act or other pandemic unemployment benefits, and have experienced hardship as a result of the outbreak.
“This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults,” the department said. “Individuals may begin applying on May 18, 2020. Assistance will be available until the funding is spent or until June 30, 2020, at the latest. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis.”
The department expects to spend the full $75 million disaster relief fund in a “very short period of time” due to the severe economic hardship illegal aliens have experienced throughout the CCP Virus pandemic. California is home to an estimated 2 million illegal aliens who are ineligible for other forms of federal stimulus according to the LA Daily News.
The department website temporarily crashed due to the influx of prospective applicants who wanted to find out more.
“The website is currently up and running, and we are continuing to increase its capacity,” department spokesman Scott Murray said according to Fox News.
Critics of the measure believe the state Legislature should provide funding to California’s growing homeless population, which includes U.S. citizens.
State Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) suggested Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom should provide the money to struggling food banks, online education services, and local government.
“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,” she said according to the broadcaster.