The California government is considering offering financial assistance to undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for unemployment insurance and will also not receive the $ 1,200 check as part of the fiscal stimulus package by the coronavirus that Congress approved.
So said the governor on Tuesday Gavin newsom during a press conference in which he did not offer details about a possible emergency fund for the undocumented who live in the state.
The governor He indicated that it is the fiscal stimulus for undocumented immigrants who pay taxes is one of the strategies that state legislators are exploring.
“All of that is being considered, it is part of a broader package where I will make some significant adjustments to the January budget proposal and move forward with some economic stimulus strategies at the state level, not just waiting for the federal government to do that. for us ”, he mentioned.
These are the immigrants who can receive unemployment checks due to the coronavirus .he exclusion of many California immigrant families from the federal aid package, Newsom said, is a “real concern” for his government.
At the end of March a group of more than 135 organizations sent a letter to the state governor in which they asked to protect workers who were left out of federal support in response to the pandemic.
Undocumented immigrants who pay taxes through a taxpayer number known as ITIN, contributed in 2015 more than $ 13.6 billion in their tax returns before the Revenue Collection Service (IRS), however, they cannot receive unemployment insurance because they do not have a work permit or Social Security number.
In California, the contribution to the public purse of undocumented immigrants in 2017 was around $ 3 billion dollars, according to him Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
The economic support for immigrants proposed by the California authorities would be similar to the aid package that the same Tuesday authorized the mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, for the undocumented in that city.
In addition to $ 1,000 in financial resources, undocumented immigrants in Chicago will have access to other city benefits, such as housing or home mortgage grants, online learning resources for students, and money from the Small Business Resilience Fund.