Democrat cries foul over Hochul’s ‘endless handouts’ to illegal aliens: ‘It’s time to end this madness’

Even Democrats are crying foul now that New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is quietly handing out taxpayer money to criminal illegal aliens.

“The endless handouts to the entire world are a slap in the face to every citizen who has contributed to and sacrificed for this country,” New York City councilmember Robert Holden, a Democrat, told the New York Post this weekend. “It’s time to end this madness.”

But how is this even happening? The Post notes that in May, the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) modified its “Safety Net Assistance” (SNA) program so as to make criminal illegal aliens eligible for it.

“Effective immediately, OTDA recognizes non-citizens in any of the following categories as PRUCOL for the purposes of SNA eligibility. If otherwise eligible, individuals presenting immigration documentation
evidencing any of the categories below can receive SNA,” an under-the-radar announcement from OTDA reads.

PRUCOL is short for Permanently Residing Under Color of Law, and according to the New York government, it “was created by courts and is used for public benefits eligibility, including Medicaid.”

The only potential good news is that OTDA has claimed only 10 percent of the state’s current criminal illegal alien population is eligible.

ODTA spokesman Anthony Farmer said the SNA payments account for just a “small portion” of the $4.3 billion the governor has allocated for resolving the criminal illegal alien crisis.

“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,” he added.

That being said, even 10 percent is a lot of people.

“With more than 173,000 migrants coming to the Big Apple since spring 2022, if only 10% of migrants here are eligible for SNA payments, the number of recipients could exceed 17,000 in NYC alone,” the Post notes.

This is infuriating, the Post further notes, because SNA is a state program designed to help needy Americans “who don’t qualify for conventional public assistance, including single adults, childless couples, and families of persons abusing alcohol and drugs.”

“Recipients typically get monthly checks totaling hundreds of dollars and must only use the money to help pay rent and utility costs or purchase clothing or other necessities,” according to the Post.

The public, of course, is just as mad about this as Democrats like Holden:

Republicans are also upset.

It’s “horrible that Gov. Hochul found another way to attract migrants” to New York while simultaneously “putting the squeeze” on struggling, tax-paying families, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican, 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,” she added.

Hochul isn’t alone in doing the “clobbering.” New York City Mayor Eric Adams is also guilty. According to the Post, he recently announced a program to provide criminal illegal aliens with pre-paid credit cards.

“The $53 million pilot program, run by the New Jersey company Mobility Capital Finance, will provide asylum seekers arriving at the Roosevelt Hotel with the city cash to help them buy food,” the Post reported around the start of the month.

“It’ll start with a group of 500 migrant families in short-term hotel stays and will replace the current food service offered there,” the Post’s reporting continued.

Word of this program prompted fury from rapper 50 Cent:

Vivek Saxena

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