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Protect Immigrant Families on COVID-19 Relief Bill

Publication date: 
Monday, April 27, 2020

Topics: Disaster Resilience, Immigrants, low-income communities, health care, racial equity.

 

Description of Position

The National Immigration Law Center and the Center on Law and Social Policy coordinated over 550 advocate organizations including Philanthropy California to sign a letter in support of a COVID-19 relief package that extends health care and economic support to all families including immigrant families.

Provisions include:

  • Halt implementation of the Department of Homeland Security and State Department public charge regulations.
  • Ensure that access to health care is available regardless of a person’s immigration status, income or categorical eligibility. Testing and treatment of COVID 19 symptoms and related health conditions, and vaccines (when available) should be covered through Medicaid.
  • Ensure access to the stimulus rebates for everyone who files tax returns, whether they use a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
  • Ensure access to nutrition assistance through programs like the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), and extend the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program through the summer of 2020.
  • Ensure that health services, and information about COVID-19 and about how to access benefit programs is available in multiple languages and through trusted community providers and that providers have the resources they need to access interpretation services.
  • Ensure adequate funding for safety-net health care providers, including those who serve immigrant, rural and low-income communities.

 

Background

The federal response to the COVID-19 crisis, including the Families First and the CARES Acts, left many low- and moderate-income immigrants out of the public health and stimulus policies. This exclusion threatens the well being of immigrants, their families - which include millions of U.S. citizen children - and our communities as a whole. This omission will greatly undermine the nation’s ability to overcome this unprecedented crisis.

 

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