Washington State Gave $340 Million In Covid Funds To Illegal Aliens


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Federal funds given to Washington state during the COVID-19 pandemic ended up in the hands of illegal immigrants, according to a recent report.

Including checks for $1,000.

While Americans were suffering from unemployment or underemployment and increasing inflation, taxpayer money was given to illegal aliens.

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$1,000 checks to illegal immigrants

There was a lot of mismanagement with COVID relief payments, something we learn more about as time passes.

This is no exception, though “mismanagement” is probably not the correct term. “Theft” is probably closer to the mark.

Fox News reports of the story, “The report, by the Economic Policy Innovation Center (EPIC), points to money administered by the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF), which was created by the American Rescue Plan Act and was intended to help state and local governments with their response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Washington state received $4.4 billion in funding overall from that program.

The report from the group, which calls for a smaller federal government, highlighted how $340 million in funding went to a program that sent $1,000 checks to illegal immigrants in the state. The funds, approved by the Washington state legislature in April 2021, provided “another round of funding for undocumented Washingtonians,” according to an impact report on the program said.

The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund was first set up in 2020 to grant checks to those ineligible for government assistance programs due to their immigration status. Treasury documents confirm that the state has since provided an extra $340 million in federal relief funds for the one-time cash grants, with 10% of the funding went to community-based organizations to administer the program. 

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Complete Mismanagement

This is by no means the only example of federal funds being misallocated or the system being abused during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AP found that over $280 billion – billion – was given to fraudsters and another $123 billion completely wasted.

But it is a good indication of how easy it can be to misuse taxpayer funds in any situation and especially when people are in fear.

It would be one thing if they used Washington funds. Instead, they used federal tax dollars – yours.

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