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Local Advocates Hail California’s New Relief Fund for Undocumented Immigrants

first_imgGovernment Local Advocates Hail California’s New Relief Fund for Undocumented Immigrants Pasadena rights leader said new state funds will cover “vital assistance that could mean the difference between life and death for millions of Californians” CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 2:42 pm Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Local immigrant-rights advocates Wednesday hailed a $125 million state relief program that will provide financial assistance to undocumented immigrants during the coronavirus pandemic.Gov. Gavin Newsom said the program, the first of its kind in the nation, will include $75 million in state funding and another $50 million donated by various organizations and foundations, including The California Endowment, Blue Shield of California Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.“Today’s announcement is a necessary first step to close the widening gap between immigrants and vital assistance that could mean the difference between life and death for millions of Californians,” said Pasadena resident Pablo Alvarado, co-director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. NDLON is based in Pasadena. “… Our hope is that the actions taken by Governor Newsom today will catalyze public and private partnerships to encourage additional measures to ensure that all people in California — regardless of immigration status — receive equal protection under the law.”Newsom said the fund will benefit undocumented immigrants who are ineligible for unemployment benefits and will not receive federal stimulus checks from the IRS. He said about 150,000 people will receive a one-time benefit of $500 — with a cap of $1,000 per household. Additional funding will be available to support the families of undocumented immigrants.“California is the most diverse state in the nation,” Newsom said. “Our diversity makes us stronger and more resilient. Every Californian, including our undocumented neighbors and friends, should know that California is here to support them during this crisis. We are all in this together.”Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, also hailed the move, calling it a “bold and much-needed initiative.”“Immigrants are one-third of the workers in California who are in the front lines fighting COVID-19,” she said. “Their loved ones are hurting from this pandemic, yet the federal government has ignored them. This is an important first stop in California’s recognition of the humanity and contributions are keeping us going.”Newsom also announced that additional staffers will be assigned to help with the surge in unemployment claims in state, while also helping to expedite federal benefits to workers such as the self-employed and people classified as independent contractors — such as Uber and Lyft drivers and other so-called gig workers. HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff 31 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more