Gov. Newsom Rustles Up More Cash for Illegal Aliens in California



Some illegal aliens in California will share $125 million in coronavirus assistance through a program funded by the state and a network of immigration groups.

Gov. Gavin Newsom touted the relief package as an “unprecedented” effort to help a group he euphemistically called “working Californians.”

Some 150,000 illegal aliens will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500, with a cap of $1,000 per household. Small change for a tiny slice of the estimated 2 million illegal aliens in the state, one might say. But adding another payout to illegally present individuals is a slap in the face to actual Californians who are among the 22 million American workers who have lost their jobs and livelihoods since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.

Newsom’s announcement came the day before unemployment claims by legal California residents topped 2.8 million. Amid this avalanche of filings, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the state’s unemployment fund had fallen below recommended solvency levels.

“We are all in this together,” Newsom said. “Our undocumented neighbors and friends should know that California is here to support them during this crisis.”

As politicians make similarly soothing pledges to illegal aliens across the land, it ought to be evermore obvious that public funds and resources are finite.

“With record numbers of Americans filing for unemployment benefits and not having enough money to put food on the table, these politicians should take a look in the mirror and truly reflect on their unjustifiable decision making,” FAIR noted last week in a critique of government giveaways to illegal aliens.

Putting these disordered priorities in perspective, FAIR research shows that government spending on illegal aliens is approaching the outlays dedicated to this country’s veterans.

FAIR’s report concludes: “How can open-borders politicians [including Newsom and the California Legislature]justify their actions when so many veterans struggle to survive in the very country they risked their lives to defend? The answer is simple: They can’t.”

Newsom’s latest handout to illegal aliens in California – home to more than a quarter of America’s homeless vets and No. 1 in veteran suicides — makes a further mockery of the Golden State’s claims of compassion.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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