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Immigrants in Washington will receive $ 1000 quarantine financial aid

Thousands of immigrants who were not eligible for financial assistance due to coronavirus due to the fact that they were not US citizens could soon receive $ 1000 each. Writes about it KimaTV.

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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has pledged $ 40 million to help the immigrant community, which Latin American organizations say is critical to life, especially as winter approaches.

“There is a huge need,” said Kathy Padilla of immigrants in need of financial assistance. “In the first hour of opening, our site received more than 350 applications.”

Thousands of people who work in the Yakima Valley can get paid. Many of the immigrants are agricultural workers.

The pandemic has disproportionately affected the Hispanic community in Yakima County. According to experts, this is due to the large number of Hispanic workers in agricultural fields, factories and retail services, which are considered important professions.

Padilla has been lobbying for funding for immigrants for several months now.

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But some people say it's not fair to send tax money to the immigrant community. Some even wrote: "What about using this money for those who lost their business due to quarantine, and not for people who are here illegally."

But Padilla stands firm.

“Our immigrant community pays taxes and we strongly believe that they deserve help,” she said.

Although funds are available, Padilla doesn't think the need for help will change anytime soon.

“We expect that with the onset of the winter months there will be a need for help,” says Padilla. - The cost of starting a family is too high now. Parents are forced to give up work in order to provide childcare. "

If you would like to apply for funding for COVID-19 assistance, you can follow this link.

Only three people per family are eligible for funding, and each applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

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