Undocumented immigrant workers in California will be the first to receive financial aid. Those who have not been able to get Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or are not eligible to collect unemployment insurance will be assisted in this way.
The value of this – according to a recent statement by Gov. Newsom – is $125m. $75m of that will be in the form of state funds for disaster relief assistance. A further $50m has been committed from charitable entities. As Newsom said:
“Even if there’s gaps, we can help begin to fill them. I’m not here to suggest that $125 million is enough. But I am here to suggest that it’s a good start and I’m very proud it’s starting here in the state of California. We feel a deep sense of gratitude for people that are in a fear of deportation but are still addressing the essential needs of tens of millions of Californians.”
What this means is that $500 will be given to around 150,000 undocumented Californians – $1,500 maximum for each household which is 10 percent of the entire workforce in the region.