California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that his state will distribute a one-time cash payment of $500 to illegal immigrants in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The payments will be taken out of a $75 million Disaster Relief Fund and will be paid out through a community-based model of regional nonprofit organizations that have experience working with illegal immigrant communities, according to the Hill.
“California is the most diverse state in the nation. Our diversity makes us stronger and more resilient. Every Californian, including our undocumented neighbors and friends, should know that California is here to support them during this crisis. We are all in this together,” the California Democrat said in a statement.
It is estimated that 150,000 adult illegal immigrants in California will receive a one-time payment of $500 with a max of $1,000 per household.
On top of the $75 million from the taxpayers, an additional $50 million will be raised by charities, bringing the total to $125 million, according to KUSI.
Newsom said that personal information will not be required to receive the support payment.
The governor had announced earlier this month that he was looking into ways to make this payment a reality.
“Californians care deeply about undocumented residents in this state,” Newsom said, adding that his state is “not just waiting for the federal government to do that for us.”
The Pew Research Center estimated there were 2.2 million illegal immigrants living in California in 2016.
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