(SACRAMENTO, CA – 1/13/2020) – The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today welcomed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020 state budget, with more than $100 million earmarked for services to immigrants across the state of California.
Newsom unveiled his proposed $222 billion budget last Friday, Jan. 10.
Proposed services benefiting immigrant communities include:
- $65 million for legal services for immigrants
- $10 million in funding for legal services at community colleges
- $5.8 million to hire DREAM resource liaisons at public colleges and universities
- $15 million over three years for the CalNEW Project, which helps improve English-language proficiency/academic performance and offsets damage from the federal government’s new public charge rule
- $10 million for the Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development initiative (SEED), which fosters entrepreneurship among immigrants.
In a statement, CAIR-CA’s Sacramento Valley/Central California (SV/CC) Executive Director Basim Elkarra said:
“As the Trump administration continues to embrace xenophobia, it’s encouraging to see California take a lead on protecting and empowering immigrant communities. With this proposed budget, Governor Newsom sends a powerful message about how important immigrants are to our state.”
CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-SV/CC Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269, firstname.lastname@example.org