COVID 3.5 Stimulus Package Fails to Put People First, Immigrant Youth Urge ‘No’ Vote Until it Does

Jose Munoz Press Releases

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

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives is set to vote on a COVID-19 3.5 stimulus package the Senate passed yesterday which provides $25 billion for COVID-19 testing, yet still excludes undocumented people from guaranteed testing and care. In addition to not guaranteeing COVID-19 health care testing and treatment for all, it also lacks financial assistance for all, regardless of immigration status. 

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream, said:

“In the face of COVID-19 immigrant workers, the majority of them women, are keeping our country moving, they are keeping our country fed, and they are keeping people safe and healthy. They are putting people first. This stimulus package fails to put all people, regardless of immigration status, first. House Democrats must vote no on this package and use their leverage to create a better deal for all, including immigrants.

The United States currently has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 anywhere in the world, yet the $25 billion for COVID-19 tests in this package still excludes undocumented people. This comes after the stimulus package passed last month failed to provide vital health care and financial assistance to immigrants. 

Immigrants and people of color are currently some of the hardest hit by COVID-19, with nearly 34 percent of the deaths in New York City are of Latinx people and 28 percent are of Black people. Our people are getting sick, and our people are dying right now. They cannot wait more weeks for Congress to come back in the hopes of finally delivering real solutions. We need a response that includes our communities now.”

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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.