California governor planning coronavirus aid for illegal immigrants

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature are working on a coronavirus aid plan for the state’s illegal immigrants and others not covered by the federal government’s $2.2 trillion relief package.

Newsom, a Democrat, disclosed the plans Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

“Californians care deeply about undocumented residents in this state,” the governor, a former mayor of San Francisco, said.

“Californians care deeply about undocumented residents in this state.”

— Gov. Gavin Newsom, Democrat

But some California Republicans have spoken out against the plan.

“I see the state of California and its budget as a house of cards and with this coronavirus-induced recession, I’m just trying to figure out where the money would come from,” state Sen. John Moorlach, a Republican from Costa Mesa, told the AP. “I would say helping undocumented would be a luxury item.”

“I would say helping undocumented would be a luxury item.”

— State Sen. John Moorlach, Republican

About 2 million people are believed to be living in California illegally, according to the California Latino Legislative Caucus. The group requested that Newsom create a “disaster relief fund” to provide financial assistance to those immigrants who haven’t been able to work during the state’s stay-at-home order because of the virus.

Under the federal relief plan that President Trump signed into law last month, American adults making less than $75,000 annually will receive checks for $1,200 and couples making less than $150,000 will receive $2,400 – provided they use a Social Security number when filing their tax forms.

But illegal immigrants are not eligible for the federal plan, regardless of whether they pay taxes from their paychecks.

Newsom said a plan he intends to unveil in May will offer some relief for illegal immigrants, adding California is “not just waiting for the federal government to do that for us.”