Posted on May 19, 2020

Undocumented Immigrants Can Begin Applying for State Coronavirus Relief

Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2020

Undocumented Californians may begin applying for disaster assistance payments of $500 per person and up to $1,000 per household.

The state government has made available $75 million to help a projected 150,000 undocumented immigrants weather the coronavirus crisis.

To qualify, applicants must show that they are ineligible for federal assistance programs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, such as the CARES Act or federal unemployment benefits, and that they have endured a hardship from the pandemic. {snip}


A conservative group, the Center for American Liberty, sued Gov. Gavin Newsom over his plan to offer relief to undocumented immigrants. The group’s attorney said the $75 million represented taxpayer money to be disbursed as the Legislature decides, “not a slush fund for the governor to spend as he sees fit.”