New York is set to offer “one-time payments of up to $15,600 to undocumented immigrants who lost work during the pandemic,” according to reports.
“The fund, which could provide payments to hundreds of thousands of people excluded from other pandemic relief, ignited a battle among state lawmakers before it was approved this week,” according to The New York Times.
The state’s plan to deliver hefty payouts to illegals – while Americans are still reeling after Biden promised a $2,000 stimulus check that never came – comes with a $2.1 billion price tag.
“When the coronavirus arrived in New York City a year ago, it hit enclaves of undocumented immigrants with a fury, killing thousands and wiping out the service and construction jobs that kept many families afloat,” the New York Times report began.
“Lifelines like unemployment insurance and federal stimulus checks were out of reach because undocumented people are ineligible for most government aid. Instead, they have relied on food pantries, lenient landlords and loans from friends.”
“But after a sweeping move by lawmakers this week,” the report continued, “New York will now offer one-time payments of up to $15,600 to undocumented immigrants who lost work during the pandemic. The effort — a $2.1 billion fund in the state budget — is by far the biggest of its kind in the country and a sign of the state’s shift toward policies championed by progressive Democrats.”
“The excluded workers fund, part of the state’s new $212 billion budget deal that was reached on Tuesday, was one of the most contentious points of debate during negotiations, which dragged on past the April 1 deadline,” according to The New York Times.
This giveaway for illegal immigrants is far larger than California’s 2020 “cash assistance policy,” which spent $75 million providing “undocumented immigrants” with a one-time payment of $500.
“Undocumented workers could receive up to $15,600, the equivalent of $300 per week for the last year, if they can verify that they were state residents, ineligible for federal unemployment benefits and lost income as a result of the pandemic,” The New York Times added.
Republicans slammed the decision to provide illegal immigrants with any funding at all, let alone far more than legal residents received through stimulus payments. Sen. Tom Cotton reacted on Twitter, writing, “Why are taxes high in New York? So the government can pay illegal immigrants up to $15,600. In New York, it pays to break the law.”
Meanwhile, the Biden administration just announced ridiculously high border numbers. Border officials encountered 172,000 migrants at the border in March, a 71% increase from February and the latest indicator of the extent of the crisis at the southern border.
Of the 172,000 migrants encountered, the majority were single adults, and included 18,890 unaccompanied children — a 100% increase from the already high numbers encountered in February, and the highest number recorded. In February, 100,441 migrants overall were encountered.
Republicans have accused the Biden administration of fueling the crisis by rolling back Trump-era policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which kept migrants in Mexico for their hearings as well as narrowing interior enforcement priorities and halting construction of the border wall.
Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, called on Biden to re-implement policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols, and pointed to recent openings of new child migrant facilities as proof the administration can’t handle the numbers coming in.
“They cannot even handle the surge of migrants, they are taking over military bases, the Dallas convention center, and the people on the ground are telling you they can’t control it, it has got to stop,” he said. “Joe Biden needs to reverse this deadly devastating policy.”
Author: Robert Schoop