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COVID-19 Crisis Fund For Immigrants Draws Overwhelming Response

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Street vendor Lucas Tax sells inflatable toys and cotton candy outside the California Science Center at Exposition Park in Los Angeles on March 24, 2019. (Agustin Paullier/AFP via Getty Images)
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So many people wanted to apply for a COVID-19 relief fund set up for immigrants in California that phone lines were jammed and a state website handling applications crashed on Monday, the first day of the launch.

Last month, Gov. Newsom announced Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants, which offers $500 for individuals and up to $1,000 dollars for a household. The fund is intended for workers without legal immigration status, who don't have access to unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs, and who can't obtain federal stimulus relief.

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