Most Americans would probably agree that in times like these, the government needs to focus on helping Americans.
The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, shares an alternate view.
Recently, Congress passed a stimulus bill in response to the COVID crisis. Most of the loans and money available are limited to American citizens leaving illegal aliens out of the mix.
Governor Newsom recently pledged to use state funds for businesses owned by illegal aliens that are ineligible for federal funding.
Take a look at the governor’s announcement:
The Daily Caller reports on the governor's speech:
California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed that his administration is providing economic relief to businesses in his state that do not otherwise qualify for federal aid, including those owned by illegal aliens.
“[W]e always consider those that are documented, those that are undocumented, those that are living in mixed-status families,” Newsom said Friday during a press conference. His remarks were in response to a Telemundo reporter’s question about what he was doing to support undocumented workers.
“Just yesterday, I announced the work we are doing to help support small businesses. I very specifically mentioned in my remarks yesterday that there are many businesses, tens of thousands of businesses that do not and cannot get the support of the [Small Business Administration],” the governor continued.
“Those individual businesses, we are making available these emergency grants through our IBank to do these micro-loans to provide access,” Newsom said.
Newsom was referencing the SBA’s role in managing the stimulus package passed by Congress. President Donald Trump on March 17 signed a $2.2 trillion relief bill for Americans suffering financially from coronavirus pandemic.
Included in that relief package is $350 billion in forgivable loans for businesses that employ less than 500 people. Each small business impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a federal loan up to $10 million.
The U.S. small business community is in dire straits. Bank of America was flooded with 10,000 applications in the very first hour it began receiving them.
However, there are stipulations for receiving these forgivable loans. Business owners cannot fire employees upon receiving funds, they must spend the money in an allotted amount of time to avoid interest, and they must be properly documented.
Such requirements make it impossible for many “mom and pop” shops to qualify for assistance, especially in a sanctuary state like California.
California’s government, entirely led by the Democratic Party, is working around such restrictions by digging millions out of its own coffers to dole out to the illegal alien community.
Naturally, many were not pleased to find out state funds would be used to bankroll illegal aliens.
Check out some of the responses below:
San Francisco's daily newspaper, The Mercury News, elaborated on how California plans to provide loans to small businesses that are owned by illegal aliens:
The governor acknowledged there will be small businesses in the state of California that do not qualify for relief provided by the federal government, but he is hopeful businesses that “may otherwise fall through the crack” will take advantage of another opportunity created to ease financial challenges by the state.
“The state of California is putting $50 million in to our I-bank, our infrastructure bank, to create micro-lending opportunities that otherwise would not be eligible for SBA relief,” Newsom said.
The governor encouraged small business owners to visit the small business relief page on the state’s COVID-19 website for more information regarding how to apply for the relief programs he discussed on Thursday.