California Governor Gavin Newsom is pushing for taxpayers in the state to cough up $16.7 million in “cash assistance” to Afghan refugees settling in the state.
Newsom is currently facing a massive recall effort.
“The Governor, with support from legislative leaders, is requesting $16.7 million in general funds, which will be used to provide cash assistance and other services for newly arriving Afghans in the state,” a press release from Newsom’s office said.
In a statement, Newsom said that California is a “place of refuge for those seeking safety or a better life.”
“I am proud that California has been and always will be a place of refuge for those seeking safety or a better life – especially for those who served our country, like many of the Afghan refugees coming to America, and to California,” said Governor Newsom. “Today’s announcements and request for funding signal that California stands ready to assist those in need. As the nation’s most diverse state, we don’t simply tolerate diversity, we celebrate it.”
The statement said that the refugees are being given access to health care, public benefits and additional resources.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has also endorsed the idea of handing over taxpayer money to the foreigners.
“California has long been a beacon for international refugees seeking safety and a better life,” said Speaker Rendon. “I need to look no further than my wife’s family to know how true this is. But adjusting to a new culture poses an incredible challenge for thousands of people. The Legislature has already proposed funding to support Afghan refugees – we have the funds to help. With this modest, but important step we can help ensure that refugees fleeing Afghanistan have the tools they need to successfully rebuild their lives in California.”
As of January, 2020, there were roughly 151,000 homeless people in the state, including many veterans. They do not appear to be given the same priority from the controversial governor.