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New York Creates Fund to Pay Unemployed Illegal Immigrants Up To $15,600 Each In COVID Relief

New York Creates Fund to Pay Unemployed Illegal Immigrants Up To $15,600 Each In COVID Relief

The creation of the fund became a contentious point in budget negotiations, even among Democrats in Albany.

The New York Times reported the state legislature created a COVID relief fund to give unemployed illegal immigrants a one-time payment of up to $15,600 each if they can prove that they lived in New York and were out of work due to the pandemic. The “excluded workers fund” contains $2.1 billion for the effort and was included as part of passing New York’s $212 billion budget in an agreement reached on Tuesday.

Cuomo announced the program during his budget briefing on Tuesday.

The creation of the fund became a contentious point in budget negotiations, even among Democrats in Albany. Tensions spilled over onto Twitter, according to the Daily News. Some legislators worried the bill went too far and concerned that constituents who also have been struggling but have seen no relief might be angry about the measure.

The Fund’s inclusion in the budget came after a coalition of supporters organized, protested, and staged a hunger strike.

People celebrated the announcement in the streets and on Twitter.

But not everyone is celebrating.

There is no official tally of undocumented immigrants in New York, but the Migration Policy Institute put that number near 900,000 in 2018.


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Look on the bright side, at least you and me will get the mandatory privilege of bailing out NY when they inevitably go bankrupt.

    henrybowman in reply to frysauce. | April 8, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Right. Why should NY people give a damn about any of this? Biden, Chuckie, and Nancy are just gonna write a federal check to cover the whole thing, and call it “pandemic relief,” or “infrastructure,” or “tribute to the Minbari,” or whatever.

New York is hopeless. This is just Cuomo returning it to Mexico.

Let me get this straight. I pay taxes to reward illegal activity over and above the free healthcare, food-stamps and schooling that are given out in sanctuary cities like NYC. But actual citizens who’s businesses were destroyed – they get nothing. NOTHING to compensate for their loss.

I know a dozen business owners who had to close. They each lost 100,000+ investment in their business. There are hundreds of small businesses owners who lost everything they work years to build. There is no government program for them. I guess no one gets points for virtue signaling support for private enterprise.

This is madness.

    If you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a country during a communist takeover, how do you like it so far?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Ben Kent. | April 8, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Business owners losing everything; their employees being out of jobs. Ever-increasing restrictions. More and more “rights” for illegal aliens. Leniency for murderers if they are black. (The tasered and killed Pakistani delivery driver being one example). Travesties like the Chauvin case.

    Either the American people are incredibly patient, or we have become what William J. Lederer referred to as a nation of sheep.

      My thoughts are that we, you and me, have totally become sheep. Follow the rules, obey the law, be quiet and sit down…. ANY ONE OF US could put the brakes on this foolishness in less than a week, it just needed for someone to stand up and pay the price. Life in prison or death….

        Bear_SuperBear in reply to C. Lashown. | April 9, 2021 at 6:17 am

        What action would have the greatest impact?

          henrybowman in reply to Bear_SuperBear. | April 9, 2021 at 9:03 pm

          Interesting viewpoint. I think his idea of targeting the “running-dog” cheerleaders instead of the star players is quite provocative. Remember when CNN was all aghast that molotov carriers were converging on their HQ (conveniently forgetting they shared the same complex as a police station)? That, but much more of that.

$2.1 billion. For a social program that no one voted for. Taxpayers mean nothing in New York State or New York City.

Call it what it is. A pay-off for votes by the Democratic Party to maintain their ONE PARTY STATE. They want all these thousands of people to vote Democrat. They take your tax dollars and given it to the voters who pay no taxes.

Another Voice | April 8, 2021 at 12:32 pm

As a NY tax payer I have to state , “What the hell is going on in Albany when it’s decided to give every illegal with a NY address a check for $15,600 and then turn around and tell the resident tax payer that their lawful standing as a tax payer comes with a requirement that any 2020 NYS Unemployment check received which was subsidized with federal funding and untaxable for Federal IRS reporting, is and will be taxable income in NYS. Talk about double standards. Unbelievable!! “

Incentives for CAIR (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Immigration Reform) progress, including democratic gerrymandering, labor arbitrage, and excess criminal activity.

So what kind of documents will these undocumented workers be required to provide to get their checks, and how much will NY promptly deduct out of them for taxes while investigating them for back taxes in previous years?

stevewhitemd | April 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm

I must say, a number of the “hunger strikers” look as if they should stay on strike another few weeks.

Yes, rude, but I’ll bet that if one dug into the “hunger strike” one would discover that they were, behind the scenes, getting nutrition after all.

    C. Lashown in reply to stevewhitemd. | April 8, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    It’s a Union operation, you know how it works. Every union member passes out a tea shirt to their wives, sisters, brothers and mothers to go down and represent the union. That’s how they get a podunk union of 1000 people to show up in force with 2500 people. Maybe (and that’s a big maybe) there will be 50% true union members in the crowd. The rest are just players in the scam.

    txvet2 in reply to stevewhitemd. | April 8, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    They only were on hunger strike between breakfast, brunch, lunch, and supper – except for a midnight snack or two.

There’s only one way to fight this. Start a movement to have everyone in the country simultaneously stop paying taxes. No funds, no squandering them.

    henrybowman in reply to MAB. | April 8, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Of course, that would require everyone in the country to first withdraw every penny they have on deposit with a bank, brokerage, or the like. Possibly sell all investments as well. Then ring their homes with Pelosi fencing and minefields.

The question for tax-paying American citizens is, “How do I become a ‘migrant’/’Dreamer’/’undocumented American’/’undocumented immigrant’?

The Dhimmi-crats are fast ushering in a reality in which illegal aliens possess more rights, privileges and attention paid to their needs, than do American citizens. Citizenship continues to be devalued and diluted.

The vile Dhimmi-crats are mocking every single American citizen.

Insane. 1% of the fat state budget, for something no one asked for.

How are they going to verify eligibility for this largess they’ve extorted from citizens and legal residents? Illegals who lost jobs due to the pandemic? Due to the pandemic or due to the State’s idiotic response to the pandemic? Wasn’t it was the State’s (Cuomo’s) policies that crushed businesses in the first place? Who wants to bet this will be used as a springboard excuse to justify reparations?

This is a prime example of government passing the cost of their bad decisions on to the citizen.