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.
New York lawmakers struck a deal this week to establish a $2.1 billion coronavirus relief fund for undocumented immigrants and other unemployed workers who were ineligible for federal aid during the pandemic.
The fund, which was announced as part of a broader $212 billion state budget agreement, will offer one-time payments of up to $15,600 to undocumented immigrants who lost their jobs during the virus-induced crisis.
In order to qualify for the money, individuals must prove they are New York residents who were ineligible for unemployment benefits and stimulus checks due to their immigration status. They will also need to demonstrate that they lost income during the pandemic.
Other illegal immigrants who are unable to show the same level of verification will be eligible to receive $3,200 – the same amount that many Americans received from the three stimulus checks approved by Congress this year and last.
An estimated 725,000 illegal immigrants live in New York state, according to Pew.
This has nothing to do with sympathy or lack thereof.
Illegal immigrants are not legal citizens of America, therefore should not be eligible to collect taxpayer-funded stimmies at ALL, let alone 15 grand a pop!
There's a reason Dems want to attract illegal immigrants to this country, give them free money, and not require IDs to vote.