Republican Governors Are Failing Our Communities During COVID-19

Jose Munoz Press Releases

By following Trump’s lead, Republican Governors have allowed COVID-19 to wreak havoc in their states

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

Washington, D.C. – COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise throughout the country. Last week the U.S. reported over 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in one day. States like Arizona, Texas, and Florida, which have high populations of immigrants and Latinx people, are being hit especially hard by COVID-19. According to data from the New York Times, Black and brown communities are three times as likely to get infected and nearly two times more likely to die from COVID-19.

Arizona has over  160,000 cases with hundreds of cases being reported daily, reporting over 3,000 deaths. This morning, the Florida Department of Health reported 168 new deaths, the highest single-day death toll in the state. Just this month alone, Florida has had an average of 10,000 confirmed cases a day. Meanwhile, Texas reported over 4,000 cases on Sunday, July 26 after months of having powered through reopening the state despite calls for a shutdown from everyday Texans and leaders across the state.

As a result of the lack of action and rise in cases the approval rating for GOP governors has nosedived in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. In the face of continued failed leadership by the Trump administration, it’s clear that Republican Governors in states like Arizona, Florida, and Texas are following Trump’s lead of failed leadership. They are putting our communities at risk, and people are taking notice. 

Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, State and Local Policy Manager  of United We Dream, said:

“The continued surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths is a prime example of failed leadership both from the federal government, but also the local elected officials in some of these states. Throughout this pandemic, immigrants have been on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. They have risked their health and safety to keep us fed, safe, and healthy as grocery store clerks, meat packers, farmworkers, nurses, teachers, and doctors. Yet despite our contributions, immigrants have been largely left out of vital benefits needed for survival. 

Immigrants make up a disproportionate amount of the frontline workers, our labor is essential during this time, but we’re being treated as disposable. While it is imperative that Congress ensure immigrants are included in federal COVID-19 relief packages, state and local governments need to step-up too by ensuring free COVID-19 testing and treatment for all, regardless of immigration status. We will only be able to get through this pandemic if everyone, including immigrants, is treated with dignity and respect.” 

Thomas Kennedy, Florida State Coordinator of United We Dream, said:

“Governor Ron Desantis has absolutely failed in tackling the COVID-19 public health crisis with 1 out of 50 Floridians now having COVID-19, and today’s news of the highest single-day death toll so far at 168. We are still lacking any sort of coherent plan to get us through this crisis. The state closed too late and reopened too early, and we are still lacking basic measures such as a statewide mask mandate as our death toll continues rising. Immigrant communities, regardless of immigration status, face obstacles to get testing and treatment as ICUs in parts of the state fill to capacity. Governor Desantis has crumbled when tasked to lead us through this crisis.”

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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.