California Governor Gavin Newsom is pushing for taxpayers in the state to cough up $16.7 million in “cash assistance” to Afghan refugees settling in the state.
Newsom is currently facing a massive recall effort.
“The Governor, with support from legislative leaders, is requesting $16.7 million in general funds, which will be used to provide cash assistance and other services for newly arriving Afghans in the state,” a press release from Newsom’s office said.
In a statement, Newsom said that California is a “place of refuge for those seeking safety or a better life.”
“I am proud that California has been and always will be a place of refuge for those seeking safety or a better life – especially for those who served our country, like many of the Afghan refugees coming to America, and to California,” said Governor Newsom. “Today’s announcements and request for funding signal that California stands ready to assist those in need. As the nation’s