Progressive judge suggests illegal immigrants could receive universal basic income

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo claimed that illegal immigrants could receive a universal basic income based on recent proposal.

The Uplift Harris pilot program set by Harris County Democrats would allocate $20.5 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to pay out $500 monthly to approximately 1,500 families for eighteen months. The program officially came up for a vote on Tuesday where Hidalgo, an advocate for the proposal, defended paying poor citizens as well as “the undocumented community.”

“And so what we do is we pick the ten poorest neighborhoods. Can the undocumented community apply? If the county attorney says they can, they will. If the county attorney says they can’t, they won’t. What I was told is they can,” Hidalgo said.

She also pushed back against what she considered unreasonable behavior from Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia.


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