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OLYMPIA - Immigrants in Washington who didn’t qualify for CARES Act assistance or unemployment insurance are now entitled to personal grants through the state’s new COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund. Those who apply will receive one-time direct payment of $1,000 per individual and $3,000 per family if they meet the criteria. The money is being awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce.

Applicants must meet ALL requirements below:

-       Be 18 years old or older AND

-       Reside in Washington state AND

-       Have experienced hardship due to the pandemic AND

-       Did not receive a federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payment (also known as a “coronavirus stimulus check”) due to immigration status AND

-       Are not eligible for unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic due to immigration status.

Officials say applying and being granted funds will not prevent a person from getting a green card or visa in the future. Information will not be shared with other government agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Information about the fund does not state whether illegal migrants are disqualified from receiving the fund.

The state encourages eligible applicants to apply by Dec. 6, 2020 at https://www.immigrantreliefwa.org/

(61) comments

Kaviqsaaq

I'm glad the comments here don't represent the way the majority of Washingtonians feel. With some exceptions, immigrants, and especially those that come from our neighbor to the south, show they have better morals and dignity then what most of you are showing here.

Leftist Simps

Well you're just the best most moral person are you not? Look at you, all feeling so good about yourself. We are not talking about migrants we are talking about people who are in this country illegally. You talk about morals? What about the homelessness and drug addiction and acholism and senior care and veteran care for OUR OWN US CITIZENS. Thats why we pay taxes..

Get off your high horse lady

opinionscrossroad

@kaviqsaaq.. Care to say which comments you are talking about?? Because while you might not like the truth being told.. You can't change the truth.. And you might be right, The majority of Washingtonians probably have absolutely no problem keeping another human being doing jobs they find only 2nd class citizens should do is probably right. The mere fact that they can hire "from our neighbor to the south" and keep them in that 2nd class status due to them being here illegally and subject to deportation is just a HUGE win to "the majority of Washingtonians"...

Get real Kaviqsaaq.. Get REAL !!!

est PNW509

Trump supporters could suck a fat dick

justbecool

All class. Bet it’s awesome being your friend.

justbecool

The only thing you have established is that you’re a jackass.

MTpebbles

what about all other people who didn't get money from the stimulus plan?

BowWow

Hey leftist Simpson. Read what you posted. There are 49 other states. If Wa is so cruel[sad][rolleyes] move[thumbup]

Leftist Simps

Hey bow wow, enjoy the dog bites

baydog1990

WE bring them in for farm labor, they get sick we should help them then send them on their way pronto.

Desert Dweller

Well the government has been paying them to break the law all along, so no surprise that they would subsidize more illegal activity.

The illegal immigration issue would fix itself with nationwide E-verify.

Potus-tu

The government? How about Walmart, farmers, construction companies, your neighbor who picks up day laborers from Home Depot, your uncle who had them do his drywall work...

Desert Dweller

The illegal immigration issue would fix itself with nationwide E-verify.

Potus-tu

Which doesn't change the fact that you blame the government for a problem caused by businesses and private citizens.

Desert Dweller

The immigration laws do not allow employers to discriminate against fake ID, employers are not allowed to challenge documents on their face. The same is true at the Department of social services.

Deck is stacked in the illegals favor.

Potus-tu

And you really think employers aren't purposefully paying their employees under the table? Please....

Desert Dweller

I hired people for years as seasonal labor. The tiny savings in wages does nothing when L&I or the Dept. of Agriculture audits you.

Potus-tu

Be honest. Did you pay them under the table?

Potus-tu

I'm guessing that's a "yes."

Desert Dweller

I find you to be ill-informed and irrelevant.

Potus-tu

So that's a DEFINITE yes!

PUNCHOUT

Maggots: You do not get to bawl and whine about Inslee spending some of Seattle's money to help "immigrants" in a difficult economic time.

That's because your paltry contribution to the state's tax rolls is so inconsequential it's common knowledge (among the intelligent) that Maggot Counties are net state revenue leeches.

Just like the "Red States" are federal revenue leeches. Your "lifestyle choice" is subsidized by the work of people you complain about. Know what? Those "immigrants" will probably be grateful.

opinionscrossroad

@hey suckers and losers for Trump.. If Eastern Washington is so "inconsequential" then why the hardline stance to keep us part of Western Washington?? Why not let us go and become our own state ?? Inslee is against it, Democrats are against it, Seattle is against it.. Why is that so if we are so "inconsequential"???

PUNCHOUT

Besides the obvious -- smart people don't waste time on crackpots -- it takes an act of Congress, both chambers, and a presidential signature to do what domestic terrorist Matt Shea and other loonies propose. This brings up the issue -- more Senators for another Maggot State, with a crap economy like Idaho's or Alabama's. Cool! Except . . .

Did you know that California wants to split into SEVEN states? How about 14 Feinsteins and Pelosis in the Senate? There goes "minority rule" or gaming the Electoral College to elect people like King Maggot. Texas' charter says they can split into five states, but it doesn't happen because -- again -- Texas is mostly a sh*thole supported by liberal cities, and splitting doesn't yield a net win for Maggotry.

The underlying reason behind Washington's Liberty crackpots is Civil War. You see, in the decades leading up to that conflict, when new states were being admitted, there was extreme conflict over the "balance of power" in the federal chambers. Libertarian anarchists would like to start another go-round. Smart people (and the mega-rich) aren't going to let that happen.

Potus-tu

Also because conservatives are not the only residents of Eastern WA. I don't want the liberal State I live in to be converted into the new Kansas.

Leftist Simps

Taxes for US citizens, jail and deport for people who are here illegally, not benefits. You wanna care for them? go to their countries.

@the real JohnQPublic

How much of our money is he giving away this time?

What about landlords who can't evict or collect rent? I guess they go pound sand...

GeeKnee

Unbelievable that money taxed from hard working people is going to be granted to those who did not get a stimulus check or unemployment meaning they are either working illegally for cash under the table or not working at all?

est PNW509

When and where have you ever seen a Mexican begging for money on stratford? Or pitching tents on the streets? Please tell me?

justbecool

When you get everything for free, there’s no need to beg.

Usa1019

Immigrants do work hard. The people that come from El Salvador they laugh at the white people when they see them working slow because there lazy. Now that you guys don’t have slaves immigrants have to do the work for you guys.

justbecool

Isn’t El Salvador where MS-13 originated from? Yeah, we can do without those people.

Potus-tu

Nope. MS-13 came from the good old U S of A. Los Angeles, to be exact.

justbecool

You’re right, originated here by people not from here.

justbecool

Like a cancer killing it’s host.

Potus-tu

"Not from here?" Children of immigrants are certainly " from here." You're losing.

justbecool

MS-13 wasn’t started by the children of immigrants, but the immigrants themselves. You’re ill informed.

Potus-tu

"You're ill-informed" says the guy who thought MS-13 originated in El Salvador.

justbecool

Originated in LA, by Salvadoran immigrants. Slight, faux pas. Not the blatant, outright canards your side and it’s empty vessel (Biden) throw out there, Cheb.

Potus-tu

You mean like the time "My Side" presented a reporter with a fat heavy book that contained a "health plan," but which turned out to just be a scrapbook of executive orders and minutes of Congressional hearings? Or the time "My Side" said that the virus would be gone by Easter 2020? Or the time "My Side" invented the number "less than 1%" for the number of people who came back for their immigration hearings. Or the time...

Leftist Simps

I love this state, and I used to be able to tolerate Democrat Governors until the boot licking socialist Inslee was voted in.

This state had a huge budget surplus when he took the job, now Washington is in financial ruin and he is furloughing citizens and giving money to people who shouldnt be here. WAKE UP moderate dems, vote this piece of shit OUT!

est PNW509

People who should be here? Takes a lot of nerve to say something that bold

justbecool

It really doesn’t.

Leftist Simps

Truth hurts doesnt it. Compassion for people isnt the problem.

If these people were not here, Jaybone wouldnt be giving our tax dollars to them would he.

Potus-tu

Again with the "Jaybone." What does that mean? Why is it clever?

Desert Dweller

E-verify nationwide, illegals will self deport

opinionscrossroad

ROFL.. If this isn't Idiot Inslee courting (or buying) the Hispanic Vote with "Free Money" I don't know what is.. Where did this program even come from??

Don't spend the money on hard working cashiers and other businesses that are open.. Yeah give it away to people here illegally to buy votes.. Can this get any funnier??

Wash girl

True, they should not be providing our tax dollars to this group of people. But I doubt very much they are getting monies for Inslee to buy votes . Seriously doubt that they are able to vote legally. The whole idea of this was never approved by majority of those who are legal.

opinionscrossroad

@wash girl.. While illegals cannot vote legally they have LOTS of legal children, friends, and families.. It's called buying goodwill..

2broke2gofish

Are you f-ing kidding me? So an illegal who only resides in this state for 6 months out of year can receive more money than an honest tax-paying citizen? If they dont qualify for the CARES act, that means they dont pay taxes! Add a little welfare, free public schools and food stamps, state funded medical benefits, and what does all this equal? Our money WASTED by our current Democratic Leadership! Oh don't forget, you just PAID for it with your "Taxes", and you will never see a single penny of this so-called "Stimulus". Besides, I dont ever remember voting on this "Relief Package" in the last 4 years. CULP for Governor!

est PNW509

INSLEE2020❄️❄️

Leftist Simps

I agree, he is a snowflake

Usa1019

They do pay taxes you really think that the government is that stupid to not take some of their money. If your illegal or legal your still obligated to pay hospital or medical expenses.

Leftist Simps

You just dont get it do you. THEY are a burden on all of our social resources. They shouldnt be here. Tell me, do people who are on state asistance pay medical expenses? WAKE up youngster

jhnjdy

If you are not here legally you darn sure are not an immigrant and as far as I'm concerned you need to go back to where ever you came from regardless of what Governor Zero says or his Socialist Liberal Democrats taking up office space in Olympia ! You are not entitled to our tax dollars.

est PNW509

Well hop on the fucking boat that you came on from and get the fuck out of my natives land

opinionscrossroad

@estpnw .. well aren't you just about stupid?? "my native lands"?? I understand that you might feel you are entitled to something because you were the last ones on it but it doesn't mean you were the first.. Who did you take it from?? Who was here before you and what tribe did you push off so you could have more?? So don't victim me.. The land has been here for BILLIONS of years.. We are here for 50 to 70 years.. Someone else will "own" and "control" throughout history and the future.. Stop living in the past (200 years in the past) and GROW UP !!!

Leftist Simps

Ssys the white soy boy beta...LOLLLLL

opinionscrossroad

@leftist ... And you think I am white BEEECAUUSSEE???? And you think other people haven't dealt with persecutions BEEECAUUSSEE ????

Potus-tu

Psssst--Opinionscrossroad--he wasn't talking to you.

justbecool

Haha Cheb, that’s actually kinda funny.

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