Yesterday, the Senate released its initial COVID-19 related proposal, the HEALS Act. The legislation largely fails to prioritize Americans with few resources, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), and leaves out assistance for our immigrant and refugee neighbors. Crises test who we are as a nation – and we are stronger when we are united, extend compassion to our neighbors, and listen to public health experts. People struggling to overcome poverty, BIPOC, and immigrants and refugees, many of whom work on the frontlines of the pandemic, face unique challenges in surviving this pandemic. It is imperative that our Senators, who are currently debating what will be in this package, hear that their constituents want to see meaningful solutions that fully support all of our neighbors, including our low-income, BIPOC, and immigrant and refugee community members.
CONTACT YOUR 2 SENATORS TODAY:
Click “Send Email” on the right to contact your Senators – and make sure to insert the name of your city or town in the first line!
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith] I want the Coronavirus package to provide more relief for marginalized communities, especially people struggling with hunger and poverty, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, and immigrants and refugees. As you negotiate COVID-19 legislation, please:
- Protect our democracy and elections and ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census.
- Boost by 15% the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and increase the minimum benefit from $16 to $30.
- Ensure robust and equal access to quality health care, provide no-cost COVID-19 testing and treatment for all, and ensure that emergency Medicaid covers testing and treatment for immigrants.
- Ensure safeguards for renters and mortgage holders, and provides shelter to those most in need.
- Ensure all individuals in the U.S. receive the stimulus cash payments, including all refugees regardless of when they arrived.
- Protect the most vulnerable by providing $20 billion in international emergency coronavirus relief for hard-hit and vulnerable counties.
- Minimize learning loss, ensure equal educational opportunity, and protect student loan borrowers.
- Reduce law enforcement responses and the risks to incarcerated people and corrections employees.
- Release detained immigrants to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks and for those still detained, ensure there is access to free testing, treatment, and care.
- Impose a moratorium on deportations and ICE and CBP enforcement activities
- Automatically extend work authorization, such as for DACA recipients, TPS holders, asylum seekers, and others.
- Provide $642 million for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) through the Refugee and Entrant Assistance account to ensure vulnerable populations like refugees don’t fall through the cracks and can receive housing, food, and the care they need.
- Ensure the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) increases reception and placement direct assistance by $1,000 per capita to strengthen direct support for recent and new arrivals, including and beyond their first 90 days of arrival, and support domestic resettlement infrastructure.
My community believes that we are stronger when we care for one another, including our immigrant and refugee neighbors.”
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