For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.810.0746
Washington, D.C. – With the House of Representatives set to vote on the HEROES Act tonight, a $3 trillion package to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, Republicans are doing what they do best: playing political games to divert from their and Trump’s failures in responding to this crisis.
The fifth COVID-19 relief package seeks to include all immigrants in vital free testing and treatment, economic assistance, and other needed benefits. House Democrats must oppose Republicans’ anti-immigrant motion to recommit and pass the HEROES Act so that it can move forward in the Senate while maintaining its positive provisions.
Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, said:
“Republicans are playing political games with the lives of immigrants. By threatening to block millions of people from receiving stimulus checks either because they are undocumented or they have loved ones who are undocumented, they are going after immigrants and millions of families who are hurting during this pandemic.
Immigrants are some of the communities hardest hit by COVID-19. Millions of immigrants’ jobs have been deemed essential, yet Trump and Republicans still treat immigrants as disposable and exclude them from the relief necessary for the whole country to recover. Our communities have suffered job losses, they are worried about how to feed their family and pay the bills, all while putting their lives at risk without access to health care and financial support. This is wrong, and the HEROES Act is the first step to fixing those wrongs.
We call on all Democrats to vote NO on the motion to recommit and pass HEROES with the positive immigrant provisions that support all our communities during this COVID-19 crisis.”
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.