California Gov. Gavin Newsom Wants Taxpayers to Spend $16.7M on ‘Cash Assistance’ for Afghans

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: California Governor Gavin Newsom attends California Governor Gavin Newsom's press conference for the official reopening of the state of California at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 15, 2021 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), currently facing a recall election on September 14, wants the state’s taxpayers to spend $16.7 million on “cash assistance” and “other services” for Afghans who are resettled in California as part of President Joe Biden’s massive resettlement operation.

In a statement, Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature asked that about $16.7 million in taxpayer money be redirected to aid Afghans resettled in California by the Biden administration.

“The Governor, with support from legislative leaders, is requesting $16.7 million in general funds, which will be used to provide cash assistance and other services for newly arriving Afghans in the state,” a press release from Newsom’s office reads.

“Today’s announcements and request for funding signal that California stands ready to assist those in need,” Newsom said in a statement. “As the nation’s most diverse state, we don’t simply tolerate diversity, we celebrate it.”

Afghans, though, are likely to struggle to afford California’s high cost of housing. Last month, refugee contractors even urged California residents to open their homes to Afghans because they stated that the newly-arrived immigrants could not afford the state’s housing costs.

State Department officials have similarly noted that California is a hard sell for many Afghans being resettled in the U.S. due to the high cost of living.

Newsom’s push to spend taxpayer money on cash assistance and other services for Afghans comes as nearly 162,000 residents in the state are experiencing homelessness on any given day. Likewise, California continues to face a major opioid and drug overdose crisis.

Newsom is facing a recall election against a slate of Republicans. Larry Elder (R) is leading the pack of Republicans challenging Newsom — garnering 26 percent of the vote in a Public Policy Institute of California poll.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here.

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