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Family members of undocumented immigrants who are in this country illegally will receive $600 stimulus checks in the new Covid aid package.

Congress reached a $900 billion deal on Covid relief aid on Sunday after months of negotiations. The legislation includes a second round of economic-impact payments to Americans and non-citizens.

According to the Wall Street Journal, households will receive $600 for each adult and $600 for each child or dependent, instead of $1,200 and $500, respectively.

Eligible households include individuals with adjusted gross incomes under $75,000 and married couples who earn under $150,000.

The new deal, ironed out by the Democrats, includes direct payments for "mixed households." Mixed households refers to "ineligible non-citizens" or people who are in the country illegally and were shut out of the $1,200 stimulus payments in the first round.

The new legislation means non-citizens could get $600 checks plus $1,200 checks retroactively. Undocumented immigrants are eligible to receive a minimum of $1,800 before Christmas.

Unemployed workers are eligible for a $300-a-week subsidy in addition to weekly state unemployment benefits.

The legislation also extends to 50 weeks the amount of time unemployed workers can claim benefits. Most states typically provide 26 weeks of jobless benefits.

Additionally, the bill contains $25 billion to extend the federal eviction ban moratorium.

$22.4 billion was also set aside for Covid "testing, contact tracing, surveillance, containment, and mitigation."

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A North Texas food bank distributed 600,000 pounds of food to 25,000 hungry people this past weekend.

CBS News reports thousands of cars lined up on a Dallas street, "stretching as far as the eye can see."

Saturday's food distribution was the "largest-ever" food giveaway according to the NTFB. Aerial footage by CBS News show several lanes of cars stretched miles down the street.

CBS News interviewed residents who lost their jobs and unemployment assistance.

Samantha Woods, a Dallas resident told CBS, "I see blessings coming to us 'cause we all struggling. And I appreciate North Texas helping us out."

Another Dallas resident, Cynthia Cutler, said, "I haven't been working since December, can't find a job. They cut my unemployment. It's a real big deal."

NTSB President Trisha Cunningham told CNN she is proud of her team "for providing some hope and care during these extraordinary times."

She added: "It was quite a humbling scene to see so many in need."

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A Detroit man is accused of stealing unemployment benefits and flaunting his luxury lifestyle in photos on Instagram.

Andre Taylor Jr., of Farmington Hills, was indicted Wednesday and accused of stealing unemployment benefits intended for Detroit residents who lost their jobs during the coronavirus outbreak.

Taylor, 27, who used the Instagram handle @_bigjuno, is accused of defrauding the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency and credit card companies and going on shopping sprees with the stolen loot.

Taylor stole the identities of area residents and filed for unemployment debit cards starting in April, during the early weeks of the pandemic, according to the Detroit News.

The debit cards were mailed to Taylor's home and to the homes of relatives, prosecutors said. He is accused of paying cash bribes to mail carriers to give him the debit cards and obtain the names of people who lived along their mail routes, prosecutors said in the indictment.

Taylor used the debit cards to purchase expensive clothing, shoes, jewelry and luxury cars, then shared photos of his substantial stolen wealth on Instagram.

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In one photo, Taylors wears a diamond-encrusted Audemars Piguet timepiece while flashing a handful of cash next to a table. On the table appears to be a blue Michigan unemployment insurance debit card.

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In another photo, Taylor leans against a white Bentley while wearing expensive designer clothes and a Louis Vuitton bag. The post includes the hashtag #F***THEFEDS.

He was arrested in Los Angeles in June and charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

At the time of his arrest, he told federal agents he had assets totaling $1,800 and worked at a Novi construction company in Detroit, earning about $400 per week, according to court paperwork.

He was released on bond and ordered to stay in Detroit, avoid committing any more crimes and he can't be in possession of firearms.

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Federal authorities arrested rapper Nuke Bizzle after he appeared in a music video flashing stacks of cash and bragging about defrauding the federal government to obtain unemployment benefits.

"I just got rich off of EDD/ I just woke up to 300 Gs," he bragged. "Unemployment so sweet/ We had 1.5 land this week." Rapper Fat Wizza added: "You gotta sell cocaine, I can just file a claim."

Bizzle, whose real name is Fontrell Antonio Baines, is accused of stealing more than $1.2 million in unemployment benefits preloaded on 92 debit cards from the Employment Development Department (EDD).

The hip-hop artist was arrested Friday and charged with access advice fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property.

According to a criminal complaint, Baines, who lives in the Hollywood Hills, was arrested in Las Vegas while riding in a Cadillac Escalade. He was detained with 7 EDD debit cards in other people's names.

According to the complaint, Baines filed claims for 92 EDD debit cards preloaded with more than $1.2 million in other people's names. The cards were mailed to multiple addresses that Baines had access to.

Baines posted a disclaimer under his "EDD" music video on YouTube: "This video was created with props and was made for entertainment purposes."
 

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President Donald Trump bypassed Congress by signing four executive orders at his golf club in New Jersey on Saturday.

One of the executive orders extends unemployment benefits to $400 per week instead of the $600 unemployed Americans received in addition to state unemployment benefits.

The $400 per week benefits are retroactive to the week of August 1.

When a reporter asked if $400 would be a "hardship" for people who were getting $600 plus state benefits, Trump said, "Well, no, this is not a hardship, this is the money that they need."

He added: "This is the money they want. And this gives them a great incentive to go back to work so this is much more than what was originally agreed. The 600 was a number that was there and as you know, there was, there was difficulty with the 600 number because it really was a disincentive."

A second executive order creates a payroll tax holiday for Americans earning less than $100,000 annually. And a third executive order freezes evictions and foreclosures for some renters and mortgage holders until the end of the year, beginning September 1.

A fourth executive order waives penalties and interests for federally held student loans through the end of the year.

In announcing his executive orders, Trump took aim at Congressional Democrats, accusing them of "holding aid hostage" because they want "bailout money for states that have been badly managed for many years".

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President Trump says the 2nd round of economic impact payments may be "way higher" than the $1,200 most Americans received earlier this year.

Phase 4 of the comprehensive Coronavirus relief bill will not be voted on by tonight's deadline (July 31). The White House and Republicans in the Senate are working on a smaller bill than the one proposed by House Democrats.

The Republican's economic stimulus bill would extend the federal unemployment benefits - but at a lower amount: $200 per week in addition to state benefits. The bill would also provide protection for renters who face evictions.

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday to offer 4 proposals.

One proposal would extend the $600 federal benefits for one week to give more time for negotiations. But Pelosi and Schumer rejected the proposals.

On Friday, Trump said, "The Democrats do not care about the people of our country."

But Pelosi said Trump and the Republicans don't care about the American people. "They resent America's working families."

Republicans say the extra $600 benefit is a "disincentive" for Americans to go back to work because some people are making more money on unemployment than they would if they were working.

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Many unemployed Americans who received an extra $600 pr week in unemployment benefits will lose the additional checks because of a quirk in the system.

The extra benefits are set to expire at the end of July, but many jobless Americans will stop receiving the extra $600 checks on July 25 or July 26.

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The extra $600 benefits is set to expire on July 31. After that, jobless recipients will receive only their state's minimum unemployment checks.

Congress is unlikely to extend the $600 benefits to millions of unemployed Americans.

Republican lawmakers said they will include an extension of the unemployment benefits at a 70% wag replacement. That means some Americans will receive an additional $175 to $200 a week, down from $600 a week.

But the White House has said it will not back their stimulus plan if it extends the $600 unemployment benefits.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman, from Ohio, says extending the $600 weekly benefits past July would be a disincentive to return to work if Americans receive more money than they would if they were working.

An additional 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment this week.

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Americans who receive an extra $600 in federal unemployment benefits in addition to state benefits may get an extension after the extra $600 ends next month.

Some unemployed Americans receive a windfall of $1,000 a week when they collect an additional $600 in unemployment benefits on top of state benefits.

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The extra $600 was part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package known as the CARES Act that President Trump signed into law in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some lawmakers are considering extending the additional $600 in federal benefits next month, but other say the extra $600 creates "a disincentive to return to work."

There are three proposals on the table for the next round of stimulus funding. Two of the proposals would allow Americans to continue receiving the extra $600 a week.

But one proposal calls for a return-to-work bonus to motivate people to return to work.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman, from Ohio, says extending the $600 weekly benefits past July would be a disincentive to return to work if Americans receive more money than they would if they were working.

The most recent unemployment report shows that 2.5 million Americans went back to work last month -- a sign that economies are rebounding as states reopen.