First-of-its-kind California Program Offers Virus Aid to People in the Country Illegally

Headline Roundup May 20th, 2020

California has initiated a taxpayer-funded program to provide up to $500 in financial relief for individuals in the country illegally who are struggling amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The program, which is the first of its kind among the 50 states, is expected to support up to 150,000 people in California, and is reportedly valued at $75 million.

As is typical with immigration-related issues, left-rated media describe people in the country illegally as 'undocumented", while right-rated media labels them as "illegal immigrants." Some center-rated outlets describe them as "unauthorized." Many reports, regardless of political leaning, explored potential flaws and technical issues with implementing the program.

First-of-its-kind California Program Offers Virus Aid to People in the Country Illegally

From the Right
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California officials started to distribute financial assistance on May 18 for illegal immigrants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each individual can receive $500 in direct assistance, if they qualify, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household. A household is defined as persons who live and purchase and prepare meals together.

To qualify, people must provide proof that they are illegal immigrants. They must also show they’re not eligible for federal COVID-19-related assistance and have experienced hardship as a result of the pandemic, according to the state’s Department of...

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From the Left
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Last month, California made headlines when it announced a first-in-the-nation plan to create a $125m coronavirus relief fund for undocumented workers. But its rollout got off to a chaotic start this week, with thousands of calls flooding phone lines, creating huge delays, and so many visitors to the official website that it crashed for hours.

Adding to already overwhelmed telephone systems, the state issued last-minute directives that said callers needed to reach a live person in order to apply for aid.

Nonprofits across the state selected to distribute the money...

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From the Center
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California is rolling out a program on Monday that will give $500 cash payments to unauthorized immigrants shut out of traditional government aid programs because of their immigration status.

The New York Times reported the $75 million taxpayer-funded program funded will be conducted by phone to reduce in-person contacts. It's expected to distribute cash to 150,000 people and the maximum amount awarded per household is $1,000.

"California is the most diverse state in the nation. Our diversity makes us stronger and more resilient," Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement...

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