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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is being sued as part of an effort to stop him from shelling out roughly $75 million in taxpayer funds to aid illegal immigrants in his state.
Conservative legal firm Judicial Watch filed a temporary restraining order against Newsom to stop him from sending cash benefits to illegal immigrants, according to a Tuesday announcement.
“Judicial Watch’s taxpayer clients asked for a temporary restraining order because Governor Newsom plans to rush plainly illegal direct cash payments, using taxpayer dollars, to illegal aliens,” Tom Fitton, the firm’s president, said in a statement.
“The governor has no legal authority on his own to spend state taxpayer money for cash payments to illegal aliens, and coronavirus doesn’t give him or any other politician a pass to violate the law.”
Newsom announced the plan to pay out $75 million from a disaster relief fund in mid-April in a move he believed would send the message to illegal immigrants that “we are all in this together.”
“California is the most diverse state in the nation. 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,” Newsom said in a statement.
Newsom’s relief program is meant to assist illegal immigrants living in California that didn’t qualify for the stimulus package from March. Illegal immigrants will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500, and households can receive up to $1,000.
Illegal immigrants are prohibited by federal law from being eligible for state and local benefits unless allocated by a law passed by a state legislature, which is something this plan did not do.