Leah Barkoukis, TownHall, April 8, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state legislature are working on a plan to offer coronavirus assistance to illegal immigrants in The Golden State who are not included in the federal government’s stimulus package.
“Californians care deeply about undocumented residents in this state,” Newsom said, reports The Associated Press.
The federal government is dividing up about $30 billion to roughly 14 million California households this month, part of the federal CARES Act. But the checks — $1,200 per adult earning less than $75,000 and $2,400 per couple under $150,000 — only go to those who file their taxes using a Social Security number.
The $2.2 trillion federal aid package also includes money to boost unemployment benefits by an extra $600 per week, money also unavailable to people living in the country illegally who have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 outbreak. (AP)