NY lawmakers made a $2.1B COVID fund to aid unauthorized immigrant workers

NY lawmakers made a $2.1B COVID fund to aid unauthorized immigrant workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have created a $2.1 billion fund to aid workers who lost jobs or income during the coronavirus pandemic but were excluded from other government relief programs because of their immigration status. The program is the largest of its kind in the U.S. It passed this week as part of the state budget. The fund will give payments of up to $15,600 to unauthorized immigrant workers who weren’t eligible for federal stimulus checks, unemployment aid, or other benefits.

Photo: Members of the New York Assembly debate budget bills during a legislative session in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)