California Opens Up Relief Money for Illegal Immigrants Sparking Backlash

Tatiana Sanchez of the San Francisco Chronicle reports California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he has ordered the state’s Department of Social Services to disburse millions of dollars of aid to illegal immigrants. While progressives praised the move, it has sparked a backlash from many of the state’s citizens.

The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Project includes $75 million in assistance from the state along with $50 million in private donations.

The 30,000 undocumented immigrants in the Bay Area who make up 20% of the state’s undocumented population received up to $1,000 per household. Social Services spokesman Scott Murray said that while “undocumented” California residents have been a “significant part” of the state” and been “large contributors” to the economy, they have been “burdened by this public health emergency.”


Calling the move “unconstitutional and a violation of California law,” critics are basting for the Governor’s decision. Two Republican state Assembly candidates who represent the Center for American Liberty in San Francisco have filed an emergency petition with the California Supreme Court that seeks to halt Newsom’s $75 million contribution.

Harmeet K. Dhillon, founder, and CEO of the Center for American Liberty said, “At a time when law-abiding Californians are crushed by unemployment, housing issues, business closures, and massive limitations on our normal lives, Governor Newsom is doing an end-run around the legal guardrails in place.”

But San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen says the aid isn’t enough. She said, “We’re asking the governor to go even further.”

Watch the video as Tim Pool explains the details on this story.

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