Viruses don’t discriminate based on immigration status. And our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t either.
None of us will be safe until all of us are safe. To ensure that we successfully contain the coronavirus outbreak and achieve our economic essentials, it is vital that everyone in our country can access testing, treatment, public health information and relief benefits.
Congress is currently at work on a fourth COVID-19 bill, and it is vital this one addresses the needs of our nation’s immigrants. It should lift immigrant restrictions on emergency Medicaid testing and treatment, extend work permits for essential workers under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and temporary protected status programs, provide cash payments and other vital benefits to all taxpayers, and halt immigration policies that elevate risk in our communities.
If all of us aren’t protected, none of us are protected. Our lives are on the line.
Director of Immigration Policy, AFL-CIO