Right now, Congress is negotiating a stimulus package to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the damage it’s done to our communities.
But Republican leaders are trying to exclude millions of immigrants because of their immigration status, at the same time that immigrants are on the front lines delivering food, staffing grocery stores and warehouses, and providing vital care services.
All people, regardless of immigration status, must be included in the stimulus:
1) Cash payments must go to all taxpayers, including immigrants who pay using an ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number).
2) Coronavirus testing and care must be free and accessible to all: Amend Emergency Medicaid to cover Covid-19 costs, so patients get care regardless of immigration status.
3) Supports accessed by immigrants must not be used against them in the Trump administration’s racist "public charge" policy, aka racist wealth test.