California – Without the rollout of California’s mini-stimulus aimed at assisting illegal immigrants, it’s no surprise that the phone lines tied to the program crashed when those unlawfully present wanted to cash in their $500.
Let’s face it, legally present or not, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like free money.
— VRA (@varepall) May 19, 2020
The state had put together $75 million to be allocated for illegal immigrants to claim by calling into a hotline.
Within 90 minutes of the phone lines being open, one of the non-profits handling the incoming calls were said to have been called collectively 630,000 times.
The NPO in question was the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. Angelica Salas, the executive director of that NPO, anticipated high call volumes, just not that high:
“We knew the number of applicants would be high, but we were just overwhelmed.”
This particular stimulus for illegal immigrants is only slated to cater to 150,000 people. Keep in mind, there are an estimated 2 million illegal immigrants in California, so it’s just naïve to think that there wasn’t going to be a massive explosion in terms of incoming calls.
When there’s a less than 1-in-10 chance that someone will get free money, but they can increase their odds by getting in line first, you’re going to have a lot of antsy hand-raisers moving quick.
Also, take into consideration that many of the jobs often filled by illegal immigrants likely went by the wayside in the sweeping closure of huge sects of California’s economy.
In a nutshell, California should have seen this wave of calls coming by a longshot.
At the same time, California is suffering what some could say a bit of financial turmoil. According to Governor Newsom himself, the state is operating at a sizable deficit at the moment, to the tune of over $50 billion.
If this CA gov would spend money right his State would not be in financial trouble like giving it away to illegals. .Gov. Newsom: Federal Government Has ‘Moral’ And ‘Ethical’ Obligation to Financially Support States https://t.co/O8qmD9zJa8
— James Collard (@95Jim) May 17, 2020
While conversing with Jake Tapper on CNN, the California governor was asked about the White House’s current position on bailing out states being a little premature, to which Newsom responded with:
“Well, it’s not charity. I mean, a year ago, Jake, we were running a $21.5 billion surplus. And here we are at $54.3 billion budget deficit that is directly COVID- induced. We have been managing our budget effectively, efficiently, paying down our long-term pension obligations.”
The California governor went so far as to say that the federal government not considering to help states that are struggling financially is tantamount to disrespecting first responders:
“The next time they want to salute and celebrate our heroes, our first responders, our police officers, and firefighters, consider the fact that they are the first ones that will be laid off by cities and counties.”
Yet, why exactly would first responders be among those first on the proverbial chopping block within a state’s budget, when the state manages to extend relief to individuals criminally present within the United States?
Considering there are 119,500 police officers in California, why couldn’t California come up with money for them in the event of since they can set aside money for 150,000 of their illegally present population.
Newsom pointed out that the country is experiencing “Depression-era unemployment numbers” while failing to acknowledge that said unemployment numbers that contribute to state revenue deficits are the creation of the states themselves.
Keep in mind, the only thing the federal government ever enacted were guidelines related to the pandemic, they’d never actually forced portions of the economy to close up shop. That has been completely enacted at the state level across the country.
Yet, still Newsom signaled that there is a moral obligation to help “American citizens” at the federal level and commence state bailouts – while conveniently glossing over the enormous non-citizen population he’s pandered to within his own state:
“We have an obligation, a moral, an ethical obligation to American citizens all across this country to help support cities, states and counties.”
It is strange that California demands help from the federal government, while managing to scoff at requests from the very same sect of government that’s been attempting to enact the simple task of immigration enforcement within the very same state without help form state officials.
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