Last week, the Democratic governor of California announced his plan to provide taxpayer money to illegal immigrants during the coronavirus crisis.
When asked for her opinion on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro dropped the hammer. This is just a way to “make sure that he continues to have good relations with the immigrants who are illegal in this country and it is just plain illegal,” Pirro said.
“This effort on his part is really his own effort to make a slush fund for illegals because state and federal law actually bars what he calls these unemployment benefits to illegals,” Pirro argued during an appearance on Fox & Friends on Friday.
“It is improper,” she added, and noted that a conservative group in the state is already suing Newsom over the plan.
In an unprecedented move, Congress has approved a $2.2 trillion stimulus package to help Americans who are struggling financially as the result of the coronavirus. These payments have been in the process of being deposited into taxpayer bank accounts for weeks now.
But, not being American citizens, illegal aliens are not eligible for such assistance. For this reason, Newsom came up with a plan to gather $125 million to distribute among his state’s roughly 2 million-strong illegal immigrant population.
Now, some of the money has been coming from charities. It has been reported so fart that Emerson Collective, Blue Shield of California Foundation, the California Endowment, the James Irvine Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and an anonymous donor have combined for $5.5 million in donations.
Private actors are free to do what they want with their money, and so there is no problem so far. But here is what is upsetting to many — including Pirro: Newsom plans to take $75 million in taxpayer money and to redistribute it among the ranks of illegal immigrants.
On Friday’s program, Pirro referred to the move as at least “improper” and likely “illegal.”
We’ll leave the legality of the situation up to a judge. But it has to be upsetting to hardworking Americans to know that their hard-earned money will be going to people who come here illegally. That is a crime against justice.
Even New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) balked at the suggestion of handing out state funds to non-citizens, according to the New York Post. Asked whether he would follow Newsom’s example, Cuomo said New York doesn’t have enough funding: “We’re looking into it but we have real financial problems.”
“When you are broke, it would be irresponsible to do these things,” Cuomo added.