Advocates Denounce Exclusion of Millions of Immigrants From Proposed Federal Stimulus Package

New York, NY—Following the Senate's passage of a $2 trillion economic stimulus package, immigrant advocates denounced the exclusion of millions of immigrants and families from the direct cash assistance programs and unemployment assistance. The package would direct payments of $1,200 to most American adults and $500 to most children, create a $500 billion lending program for large companies and cities, and extend another $367 billion to help small companies deal with payroll problems.

Immigrant Advocates Applaud House Leadership’s Stimulus Bill for Protecting Health of Every Family, Regardless of Status, During Crisis

Washington, DC-Yesterday, the House leadership led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act. The Democrats' bill makes healthcare affordable and accessible; provides cash assistance to all families, as well as support to small businesses in need of direct grants or small business loans; and injects nearly $40 billion into schools and universities to stabilize funding; among other measures crucial to supporting the health and well-being of the country and every family, regardless of status.

DOE Must Provide Child Care to the Essential Immigrant Workers Serving on Front Lines of COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY—Today, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is opening 93 Regional Enrichment Centers to provide front-line workers with childcare to ensure their parents can continue to serve the city in this time of need. Unfortunately, the DOE's Regional Enrichment Center criteria is currently limited to health care workers, FDNY, NYPD, Office of Emergency Management, and some New York City Transit Authority roles, and the DOE has not provided clarity on how many available spaces, if any, will be accessible to children of other essential workers like grocery clerks, home healthcare workers, delivery and restaurant workers, and cleaners.

NYIC Releases Comprehensive Multilingual COVID-19 Resource Page

New York, NY-Today, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) published a comprehensive multilingual resource page providing accurate information on the resources immigrant New Yorkers need to know during the COVID-19 crisis. The community resources will be updated daily at 9 AM each weekday and include information about how our undocumented community members can access health insurance now; updates from the Department of Education concerning school meals and remote learning; news about immigration court closures; the moratorium on evictions, and more.

With COVID-19 Exposure at Buffalo Federal Detention Center, All Immigrants Must Be Released Now

Batavia, NY—The risk of exposure to COVID19 for immigrants incarcerated in the Buffalo Federal Detention Center, known as Batavia, increases by the day and the time is now to release all immigrants in Detention say immigration advocates. On March 12, one day after the World Health Organization declared COVID19 a pandemic, there was a transfer of 40- 52 people to Batavia, some of whom came from Bergen County where a corrections office tested positive for COVID19.

This news of exposure comes as advocates sound the alarm regarding the court in Batavia, which has remained fully open, further increasing the risk of exposure to all who must go to court.