For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.810.0746
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed a COVID-19 3.5 stimulus package, which provides $25 billion for COVID-19 testing, yet continues to exclude undocumented people from guaranteed testing and care. It also lacks financial assistance for all, regardless of immigration status, as well as urgently needed extensions of work permits for DACA and TPS holders who await court decisions that could take away protections from deportation.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream, said:
“Our people are dying from COVID-19 and Congress is failing to do anything about it. The bill passed today by the House fails to put people first. It does not meet the needs of all people, regardless of immigration status, especially those who are on the frontlines, working to keep our country fed, safe, and healthy. Immigrants and people of color are currently some of the hardest hit by COVID-19. Because of gross inequities, Black and brown people are feeling the brunt of COVID-19 infections and death.
Congressional leaders continue to say that putting people first, including immigrants, is a priority, but we have yet to see that passed into law. Our people demand relief.
Every COVID-19 relief package that leaves out free vital health care testing and treatment, and doesn’t provide financial assistance for all of us, including immigrants, is a death sentence. We call on Democrats and Republicans to fight and commit to passing a fourth stimulus package that puts people first and rejects attempts to delay aid to the people who need it most.”
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.