Trump Declares National Emergency, Torpedoes Crucial Congressional Bill, While ICE Agents Escalate Enforcement Activities

New York, NY-Today, President Trump declared a national emergency and said he was making $50 billion in emergency funding available, lifting restrictions on doctors and hospitals and waiving interest on student loans. But he rejected a sweeping House economic relief package that would have included paid sick leave, free virus tests, and expanded food security. As recently as Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin appeared close to a deal. However, President Trump appeared to nix the deal during today’s Press Conference in the Rose Garden.

In response, Steve Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, issued the following statement:

“The White House still doesn’t understand that you need a public health solution to address a public health crisis, not ramped up enforcement. COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on everyone’s lives, but creating even higher levels of anxiety amongst immigrant community members still contending with ICE’s no-holds barred enforcement tactics while trying to maintain the health and well-being of their family members. Until the Trump administration suspends all immigration enforcement activities and supports the passage of Congress’ coronavirus relief package, all New Yorkers cannot be safe. Now, more than ever, New Yorkers must stand united against fear and xenophobia and our electeds must stand ready to protect and defend each and every NewYorker by ensuring we have access to the services and support we need to keep our families healthy and secure.”