An amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to the proposed coronavirus relief package passed out of the House last week would ensure that stimulus checks are not awarded to illegal aliens living in the United States.
Breitbart Senate Democrats opened debate on the $1.9 trillion relief package without any GOP support, and it will need to go back to the House for approval if the Senate passes the legislation.
Included in the package are $1,400 stimulus checks that currently could go to illegal aliens if not explicitly blocked. Cruz, in an amendment announced on Friday, is seeking to prevent illegal aliens from getting stimulus checks, which his office said would save American taxpayers nearly $8 billion.
“Not only does this COVID bill fail to address the real needs of the American people who are suffering, but it hands out billions in taxpayer dollars to illegal immigrants,” Cruz said in an exclusive statement to Breitbart News.
In the package’s current form, illegal aliens could secure subsidies for COBRA healthcare premiums.
Last month, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Todd Young (R-IN) helped pass a budget amendment — with support from eight swing state Democrats — to make it more difficult (but not impossible) for stimulus checks for illegal aliens to be included in the relief package.
FOX46 Even without the stimulus bill, California is already handing out taxpayer money to illegal aliens. In May 2020, those who are 18 and older and can prove they have lost wages and other income due to COVID-19 are eligible to receive $500, and up to $1000 per family. These illegals do not qualify for unemployment or federal stimulus checks.
The state of California has pledged $75 million to help illegal aliens. Another $50 million is being raised by private contributions and donations. This money is also slated to be given out.
Twelve private organizations and non-profits statewide have been chosen to find recipients and distribute the money. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said there are an estimated 150,000 illegal aliens who are eligible to receive financial help.
The Center for American Liberty asked the California Supreme Court to block the state’s plan to issue the money to undocumented migrants hurt by the coronavirus. It claims the distribution of the funds is not permitted according to state and federal law. The Supreme Court on May 6 rejected the petition.