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Cash payments made available to non-citizens pending asylum applications

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New York state has expanded its “Safety Net Assistance” program to provide cash payments to non-citizens with pending asylum applications, making thousands eligible for benefits.

The move has drawn criticism from some, including concerns about diverting resources from citizens in need.

“At the request of New York City, OTDA made a technical update to allow a small percentage of migrants to receive certain additional support in compliance with state and federal law,” an Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance spokesperson said.

“Their state is choosing instead to provide assistance to these individuals, many of whom are ultimately going to be found to be in this country illegal,” Eire County Republican Committee chairman Michael Kracker said.

“You have people from all over the world coming to New York to take advantage of all these left-wing programs the governor, the mayor are implementing, while at the same time, they’re clobbering taxpayers over the head,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis said.

“Requesting faster work permits, and providing pre-paid credit cards and welfare benefits only encourages more illegal immigration,” Border Security and Immigration Center director Lora Ries said.

“Then, the billions they have set aside will be quickly drained, they will need to spend more taxpayer money, and this cycle becomes a fiscal bottomless pit.”

OTDA officials emphasized that only those in the country legally can receive benefits.

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