California taxpayers will be forced to subsidize illegal aliens even more than they already are after the governor announced the state will issue cash payments to them as part of the state’s Chinese coronavirus recovery plan.

On Wednesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state would give 150,000 illegal alien adults a cash payment of $500, which will cost California taxpayers $75 million. Private charities including the Emerson Collective, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the California Endowment, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have committed to providing the remaining $50 million of the program’s cost.

“We feel a deep sense of gratitude for people that are in fear of deportations that are still addressing essential needs of tens of millions of Californians,” said Newsom, who noted that 10 percent of the state’s workforce is made up of immigrants living in the country illegally. It should be noted that even working in the country is illegal for illegal aliens.

Illegal aliens are not eligible for the federal assistance program passed by Congress and run by the Trump administration—an issue liberal activists have been seeking to rectify at the state level, with California being the first to heed their call.

Newsom has said the money distributed to illegal aliens will not come with a requirement that the illegal aliens provide personal information such as prior earnings or assumed identities.

“Their personal information will not be required to get those support,” he said.

The state of California is conservatively estimated to have more than 2 million illegal aliens within its borders, the most of any state in America. Texas comes in second at an estimate of 1.6 million, though many argue the real number of illegal aliens in both states is far greater.

Cary Cheshire

Cary Cheshire is the Vice President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. A 6th Generation Texan, Cary attended Texas A&M University was active in a number of conservative causes including Ted Cruz's Senate campaign. He has also worked on campaigns to elect conservatives to Congress and the Texas Legislature. Cary enjoys college football, genealogy research, and the occasional craft beer.

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