With HEROES Act Protecting Health of Every Family, Regardless of Status, Immigrant Advocates Call on Schumer to Finish What House Dems Started

Washington, DC—Today, House leadership, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, announced a sweeping new COVID-19 stimulus bill, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or the HEROES Act, which includes $915 billion for state, local, territorial and tribal governments, $10 billion for food stamps, $150 million for food banks.

Advocates Unveil a Comprehensive Plan to Address Educational Equity for Multilingual Learners/English Language Learners and Multilingual Families During the Pandemic

New York State - New York State school districts have been closed since March 18, 2020, and according to Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement will stay closed for the rest of the school year. New York Advocates for Fair and Inclusive Resources for Multilingual Learners (NY-AFFIRMs) has launched a “NYS Pandemic Relief & Educational Equity for MLLs/ELLs Platform” to outline critical steps to address the impact of prolonged school closures equitably.

DOE Letter to Chancellor, COVID-19

Today, the Education Collaborative addressed the following letter to the DOE Chancellor—read the full letter here.

Immigrant families are in crisis right now. Many immigrant families are struggling, having to deal with illness, loss of employment, food anxiety, housing insecurity, and the risk of not meeting basic needs.

Congress Continues to Leave Hard Hit Immigrant Communities and Small Businesses Out in the Cold

Washington, DC-Today, the House passed a $484 billion deal that failed, once again, to assist (via direct cash rebates or small business loans) to the millions of undocumented immigrants on the front lines of this pandemic and struggling to survive. The majority of the federal money will replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, which has come under criticism for allowing large chains like Ruth's Chris Steak House to gobble up federal loans.

“Politicizing the Pandemic”: Desperate to Distract from His COVID-19 Failures, Trump Announces Executive Order ‘Banning’ All Immigration

New York, NY—On Monday evening, President Trump declared on Twitter that he would temporarily halt immigration to the United States by executive order. The move seeks to give the Trump administration authority to decline all applications from foreigners to live and work in the United States for an indeterminate time, effectively shutting down the legal immigration system.

Pandemic Response Education Platform for Immigrant Families

Public education has undergone a seismic shift overnight due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are grateful for New York City’s educators and school staff, who have risked their safety to teach youth, support families, and feed the hungry. However, on a systemic level, this unimaginable moment has underscored profound inequities in our school system and then compounded them.

COVID-19 Resources

Find resources for immigrant New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic here