COVID-19 Senate Stimulus Package Fails Our People

Jose Munoz Press Releases

The Senate is choosing not to protect immigrants in our communities in their bill

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, the Senate is voting on a two trillion dollar spending bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill ignores many key provisions laid out in a House bill proposed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA 8), which recognized the humanity of all people, including undocumented immigrants. Despite not providing additional funding for ICE and CBP, the Senate bill fails to provide adequate health care access and financial support in this time of need for all. 

Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, said:

“The stimulus bill in the Senate fails to protect everyone living in the United States. COVID-19 is a global health crisis that doesn’t discriminate based on race, age, gender, or immigration status. Immigrants, regardless of immigration status, have been on the frontlines as paramedics, grocery store workers, nurses, business owners, teachers, restaurant workers, doctors, teachers, and more working tirelessly during this health crisis.  They are also at risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and guaranteed health care for all, including immigrants, continues to be out of reach for many in this country. 

By contrast, the House bill proposed by Speaker Pelosi focused on putting people first and ensuring all communities are protected. This pandemic has made it clear now more than ever that our health and wellbeing is connected to the health and wellbeing of our neighbors. Communities across the country are hurting, and while we are glad there is no additional funding for ICE and CBP in this bill, we need a stimulus package that adequately addresses the care and wellbeing of everyone living in the United States in order to properly combat COVID-19.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.