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Illegal immigrants who lost work during the Covid-19 lockdown in New York state will receive one-time payments of $15,600.

The payments will come from a $2.1 billion fund as part of the $212 billion budget deal approved by the Democrat-controlled New York state legislature.

Nearly 100,000 undocumented immigrants in New York are eligible for the $15,600 "first tier" payments.

Additionally, 200,000 undocumented immigrants will qualify for the second tier of the program that pays $3,200 per worker.

Americans who were out of work during the lockdown received unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, including a $1,400 stimulus payment recently approved by Congress.

Undocumented workers will collect up to $15,600 if they can prove they were disqualified for unemployment benefits due to their immigration status.

Black Americans who are still waiting for slavery reparations are baffled and confused by NY's $15,600 payments to immigrants.

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Rep. Park Cannon, the Georgia lawmaker who was dragged out of the Capitol building for knocking on Gov. Brian Kemp's door, will not be charged.

Cannon was arrested on March 25 and dragged to the Fulton County (Atlanta) Jail after she knocked on Kemp's door while he signed the voter ID bill into law.

The election bill requires voter ID to request and submit absentee ballots, limits the number of ballot drop boxes, and allows the Georgia State Elections Board to take over county elections boards if there are problems with ballot counting.

Cannon's arrest sparked outrage on social media when video of her arrest went viral.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she will not pursue charges and the case is closed.

Willis said the police officers may have found her behavior annoying," but it did not justify putting together a grand jury.

Cannon faced charges of felony obstruction and disrupting the General Assembly session. If found guilty, she faced up to high years in jail.

"My experience was painful, both physically and emotionally, but today I stand before you to say as horrible as that experience was... I believe the governor signing into law the most comprehensive voter suppression bill in the country is a far more serious crime," Cannon said at a rally last week.

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Matt Gaetz reportedly asked the White House for a blanket presidential pardon ahead of a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.

Gaetz is a Republican U.S. representative for Florida's 1st congressional district. The 38-year-old politician is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for his relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

He reportedly paid for the girl to travel across state lines. The age of consent varies in many states.

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Gaetz reportedly asked former President Donald Trump to pardon him in advance of possible charges for misconduct and trafficking.

He proposed to his fiancee in December at Trump's Florida resort. He reportedly bragged that the former president insisted on hosting the wedding.

Gaetz's request was ultimately rejected, according to multiple reports.

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Gaetz alleged he was extorted by a New York Times reporter before the newspaper published the article about his relationship.

He denied asking Trump for a preemptive presidential pardon, according to POLITICO.

"The recent false allegations against me are not something I've ever discussed with Trump, pardons or otherwise," he told POLITICO.

Trump issued dozens of pardons in his final days as president. Pardons went to his former advisor Steve Bannon and rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.

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Gov. Brian Kemp signed an election bill requiring voters to submit identification to vote by mail. If Georgians choose to use their driver's license, they must provide the correct driver's license number -- or their ballots will be rejected.

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Democrats have launched a campaign to educate residents on the correct DL number to provide when submitting their absentee ballots.

Democrats are outraged over Kemp's new election law, which closes a loophole that allowed out-of-towners to submit ballots without providing an ID.

Lawmakers argue the new law is voter suppression. They say the law puts Black people at a disadvantage because they don't know how to apply for IDs.

Critics say the Democrat's argument against voter ID boils down to insulting the intelligence of black people.

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The mayor of Oakland, California announced all low-income residents will receive $500 a month from the city with no rules attached.

The privately funded program promises monthly "guaranteed income" to low-income residents to help ease the stresses of poverty.

"We have designed this demonstration project to add to the body of evidence, and to begin this relentless campaign to adopt a guaranteed income federally," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

An independent study conducted after the previous mayor gave low-income Oakland residents $500 each found that "compared to a control group, residents who received regular payments experienced less income volatility, secured more full-time employment, were better parents and partners, and even saw improvements in their health and overall well-being."

The program is open to qualified low-income residents who have at least one child under the age 18 and earn at or below 50% of the area median income — about $59,000 per year for a family of three.

Only Black people, Indigenous and people of color are eligible to apply.

So far, the "Oakland Resilient Families" program has raised $6.75 million from private donors, CBS News reported.

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Furious Democrats reacted to the arrest of a Georgia lawmaker who interrupted Gov. Brian Kemp's livestream announcement after he signed a sweeping election bill into law on Thursday.

The election bill requires voter ID to request and submit absentee ballots, limits the number of ballot drop boxes, and allows the Georgia State Elections Board to take over county elections boards if there are problems with ballot counting.

Democrats accused Kemp of voter suppression, while Republicans wonder why he didn't strengthen voter laws during the presidential elections in 2020 and the Senate runoffs in January.

Democrat representatives and activists gathered to protest the signing of the bill at the state capitol on Thursday.

Georgia State Representative Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) was arrested for banging on Gov. Kemp's door during his livestream announcement.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

"Cannon was with several other protesters when she knocked on Kemp’s office door, saying the public should be allowed to witness the announcement of the bill signing. The sweeping legislation requires ID for absentee ballots, limits drop boxes and changes early voting hours."

Cell phone video shows Georgia State Troopers forcibly dragging a handcuffed Cannon through the Capitol building and shoving her into a patrol car, as she yelled, "There's no reason for me to leave... I am a legislator!"

The reaction was furious on Twitter. One Twitter user wrote: "She was arrested more harshly than a white man who murdered 8 Asian women."

While another liberal tweeted: "This is outrageous. The @GOP is suppresing democracy [sic]."

And a third Twitter user wrote: "She was arrested for standing by a door! ????"

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Stacey Dash has apologized for being a supporter of former President Donald Trump. Dash, 54, tells DailyMailTV she is a changed woman and she regrets the error of her ways.

"Being a supporter of Trump has put me in some kind of box that I don't belong in. But he's not the president. I'm going to give the president that we have right now a chance," Dash said. "We have a new president," she added.

The former conservative political commentator was suspended from Fox News for cursing on air while discussing a speech former President Barack Obama gave on terrorism.

Dash apologized for that, too. "I've lived my life being angry, which is what I was on Fox News. I was the angry, conservative, Black woman. And at that time in my life it was who I was."

She added: "I'm not a victim of anyone. Working for Fox at the time, that was my job. I did my job from the place I was at. Stacey now would never work at Fox, would never work for a news network or be a news contributor."

Dash dismissed accusations that she flip-flops her views based on the political party in power.

"There are things that I am sorry for. Things that I did say, that I should not have said them the way I said them. They were very arrogant and prideful and angry. And that's who Stacey was, but that's not who Stacey is now. Stacey's someone who has compassion, empathy.”
 

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There's a very good reason why Joe Biden has not yet held a press conference since his inauguration.

The reason is because his handlers are afraid of what he might say.

Monday, March 8, was Biden's 44th day in office without holding a press conference. His former boss, Barack Obama, held his first press conference 20 days into his first term.

On Monday night, Biden held an event at the White House to announce the nomination of two female generals to be promoted to combatant commanders.

From the start, Biden had difficulty reading the teleprompter. But things really went south when he couldn't remember his defense secretary's name.

"I want to thank the sec- the uh, former general -- I keep calling him General. My uh, the guy who runs that outfit over there..."

For the record, "the guy" is U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. And "that outfit" he runs is the Pentagon.

Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla) suggests the transition from a Biden administration to a Kamala Harris administration has already begun.

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The inspector general's office is investigating Elaine L. Chao for allegedly using her office to financially benefit her family.

Chao, wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is accused of asking her office staff to make arrangements for her father's company, which has ties to China.

In 2019 the NY Times reported that Chao asked her staff to make business arrangements for herself, her father, James Chao, and sister, including a 2017 trip to China that was later canceled.

Her father, who owns a successful shipping business, was dubbed "Chinese Ship King," according to the Times.

Chao was transportation secretary under former President Donald Trump. The investigating was referred to the U.S. Justice Department, but they declined to look into the matter, according to the NY Times.

"A formal investigation into potential misuses of position was warranted," said Mitch Behm, deputy inspector general for the Transportation Department.

Chao resigned the day after the Capitol Hill riots on Jan. 7, but she claimed the investigation into her father's business dealings was not a factor in her decision to quit.

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Illinois becomes the 1st state to completely eliminate cash bail as part of a plan to "modernize" the criminal justice system.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on the new law, saying, "This legislation marks a substantial step toward dismantling the systemic racism that plagues our communities, our state and our nation."

House Bill 3653, which was signed into law on Monday, addresses the systemic racial bias that imprisons more Black males than any other race.

The law requires that all police officers wear body cameras by 2025, bans all police chokeholds, and sets new guidelines for "decertification" of "bad" police officers.

But critics of the bill say it is anti-police, and they predict that police officers will leave the profession in droves.

"Because we are sworn to protect and serve the public, we sincerely hope that we will not be proven right about this new law, that it won't cause police officers to leave the profession in droves and handcuff those who remain so they can't stop crimes against people and property," wrote the Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition in a statement to Fox News on Wednesday.

Illinois State Sen. John Curran, a Republican, said the legislation was "rammed through in the middle of the night".

And Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy said in a statement Monday, "Every police association in the state has condemned this bill."