Governor Newsom Announces $125 Million in Disaster Relief Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants in California Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
In an effort to assist undocumented immigrants in California affected by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $125 million fund on Wednesday, April 15. The fund, of which $75 million will be provided by the state and another projected $50 million provided by fundraising efforts from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, is designed to provide financial relief to undocumented immigrants who are ineligible for California unemployment benefits or other forms of disaster relief. The fund will provide a one-time cash payment of $500 (with a cap of $1,000 per household) to approximately 150,000 undocumented adults residing in the state.
In a written statement, Governor Newsom stated that California intends to support all those affected by the COVID-19 crisis, including “our undocumented neighbors and friends.” He commented on California’s immense diversity and noted, “we are all in this together.”
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