This is madness. American citizens are losing their jobs and suffering economically, and Cuomo’s New York state is giving taxpayer money to illegal workers. If our own local, state, and national governments don’t take care of our own people, who will? This is yet more confirmation that Democrats hate America and Americans. And the Republicans are for the most part no better.
“Illegal immigrants ‘to get one-time $15,600 stimulus payments if they lost their job during Covid pandemic,’” by Frances Mulraney, The Sun, April 8 2021:
NEW York state has approved a fund that will award a one-time $15,600 stimulus payment to illegal workers.
The $2.2billion program for “excluded workers” will provide payments for hundreds of thousands of people who are not eligible for other government aid but has been criticized by Republican lawmakers.
It was approved on Tuesday as part of the state’s $212billion budget deal after being among the most contentious issues that dragged debate past the April 1 deadline.
Republicans branded it as “out of touch” when many other New Yorkers are struggling.
Democrats in swing districts in upstate New York and Long Island also fear that it could be used against them in future elections, the New York Times reports.
“The question is not, do you help these workers, it is how do you do it and how do you structure it in a way where it is defensible in these districts,” said Bruce Gyory, a Democratic political consultant.
He added that suburban voters will see the move as expensive and unfair for citizens.
Yet it was passed after activists went on hunger strike to call for the money….
Undocumented workers were hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic as thousands lost jobs with no hope of unemployment payments or stimulus checks.
“I’ve met neighbors who have not been able to pay rent, or put food on the table, or been able to provide their children with a laptop when a public school has not been able to provide one,” State Senator Jessica Ramos, a Democrat from Queens, told the Times.
The left-leaning Fiscal Policy Institute estimated that the “excluded workers” fund could benefit 290,000 people statewide.
The $15,600 they would receive will be equivalent to $300 per week for the last year.
In order to receive the money, the migrants must verify that they were state residents last year who were ineligible for federal unemployment benefits and lost income as a result of the pandemic.
A lower sum of $3,200 will also be available for those who can prove at least their residency and identity.
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