Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) pointed out in a Thursday tweet that New York’s 1,200 homeless veterans will not be eligible for $15,600 payments being offered to illegal immigrants as part of a $2 billion provision in the state’s new budget deal.
Under the deal, illegal immigrants could get the equivalent of $300/week payments from the government–meaning taxpayers would have to foot the bill for benefits to people that entered the country illegally.
No such luck for homeless vets.
In fact, the illegal immigrant funding is a huge line item in the budget–far larger than emergency rental assistance and homeowner assistance, for example.
Meanwhile, 80,000 businesses in the state could close by the end of the year because New York has been so locked down through the pandemic. A million New Yorkers are still out of work at this point–maybe they ought to get help before illegal immigrants do.
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