ILLEGAL immigrants will get $500 stimulus checks as California Gov. Gavin Newsom helps those excluded from federal Covid relief payments.
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Newsom, who faces the prospect of a recall election, announced an additional payment of $500 for undocumented citizens.
CBS8 asked whether undocumented immigrants were eligible under his budget proposal.
Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, and the Office of Gov. Newsom, confirmed this was the case.
She said: “Yeah, California and some other states have chosen to use state funding to provide payments to unauthorized immigrants who weren’t eligible for the federal payments.
“That happened in New York and some other places as well.”
Gelatt explained that as these migrants don’t qualify for federal stimulus checks, or unemployment help, those who lost their jobs during the Covid pandemic were struggling to cope financially.
She added: “We’ve seen throughout the pandemic immigrants have had higher unemployment rates than US-born workers, and that’s been especially true for immigrant women.”
Although California has about two million undocumented migrants, not all will receive the $500 boost.
The broadcaster was told that only some of the migrants received $500 from the state last year, as there was a limited pool of funding, so the financial demand couldn’t be met.
For those undocumented migrants seeking help this year, they will have to meet certain criteria, including filing 2020 taxes using their personal tax ID number.
Their filing has to include a dependent and they must earn less than $75,000 annually.
Families are eligible for an extra $500 – totaling $1,000 CBS8 adds.
It also explains that, by comparison, for legal residents filing taxes, individuals are eligible for a $600 stimulus check – as long as they earn under $75,000 a year, and didn’t get a stimulus check from California in 2020.
Thanks to a nearly $76 billion budget surplus, Gov. Newsom recently proposed tax rebates of up to $1,100 for millions of households and more than $7 billion to help people affected by the pandemic cover rent and utilities.
It was part of Newsom’s pandemic recovery proposals totaling $100 billion.
Although, this could boost his political fortunes as he faces a likely recall election later this year, he’s been slated by opponents who have accused him of pandering – and said the state would be better served by broader tax reforms.
Under his plan, roughly 11 million low- and middle-income Californians would see direct, one-time payments.
Taxpayers making between $30,000 and $75,000 a year would get a $600 payment.
Households making up to $75,000 with at least one child would get an extra $500 payment.
The projected $75.7 billion budget surplus is largely due to taxes paid by rich Californians who generally did well during the pandemic.
Author: Debbie White