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Trump’s Border Wall Obsession Comes at Direct Cost to COVID-19 Containment and Response

Eight State Attorneys General Draw Attention and File Legal Action Against Trump Effort to Raid National Guard Funds for Wall Construction The national effort against COVID-19 should be our singular focus during these trying times. Yet President Trump’s border wall obsession continues, taking away resources and personnel that could be critical to containing this epidemic.  … Continue reading »

American Hero: TPS Holder & Harvard Custodian Stayed on the Job to Fight Pandemic, Contracts Covid-19 Symptoms

But Trump is Still Attempting to Deport Frontline Workers Putting Their Lives on the Line to Protect Our Communities Wilson Wong at NBC News reports that a custodial worker for Harvard University has contracted symptoms for what could be Coronavirus. Doris Reina-Landaverde, a member of the Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) and organizer of the … Continue reading »

Stephen Miller and President Trump Prioritize the War on Immigrants Over the War on Coronavirus

As we continue to reel and respond to the current public health crisis, we have a few questions: Why is the Trump administration pressing the Supreme Court to end DACA on an expedited basis, as 27,000 DACA recipients work on the front lines in healthcare jobs? Putting 700,000 families on a path to deportation would … Continue reading »

Rafael Bernal at The Hill: Immigrants like TPS holders, Dreamers at risk of losing status during coronavirus pandemic

Rafael Bernal at The Hill reports that people across a multitude of immigration statuses including Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and Dreamers are now faced with the prospect of losing their legal status despite the fact that millions of immigrant workers are on the frontlines working to combat the novel Coronavirus crisis. Douglas Rivlin, Director … Continue reading »

Statement in Response to Senate Passage of COVID-19 Package: Pili Tobar, America’s Voice 

“We must hold President Trump to his word that immigration status will not be a barrier to getting tested for COVID-19 or that seeking treatment will not be held against immigrants and their families or expose them to deportation or detention.” Today, the Senate passed the third COVID-19 relief package and the House is expected … Continue reading »

On Press Call, Experts Respond to Trump Administration’s Strategy of Using Bigotry and Xenophobia to Deflect from Its Mishandling of COVID-19 Pandemic

A recording of the call is available here As the Trump administration continues to mishandle the outbreak of COVID-19 and use nativism to distract from its failures, a panel of experts and advocates gathered earlier today on a press call to talk about how the struggle to protect public health requires an inclusive strategy, not … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Julio Ricardo Varela in Washington Post “Trump turns to a familiar scapegoat: Immigration”

In a must-read op-ed published yesterday in the Washington Post, Julio Ricardo Varela exposes Trump’s attempt to point fingers and scapegoat immigrants in an attempt to deflect accountability for his failure to respond to a global pandemic. As Varela writes, “First, he blamed the Chinese. Then, he blamed previous administrations. Now, President Trump has taken … Continue reading »

House COVID-19 Package Takes More Inclusive View of the “Public” in “Public Health”

House Democrats introduced a COVID-19 package that includes much stronger provisions to protect public health and to ensure economic security for all, unlike the Senate bill which favors billions for corporate bailouts and leaves many people out. The House bill is more inclusive of working families, including immigrant families — an approach that will more … Continue reading »

Sen. John Cornyn To Senate Democrats Fighting For All Americans: “Blah Blah Blah”

Yesterday, Senate Democrats voted down a partisan Mitch McConnell-led maneuver and bill in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The GOP proposal would have allowed for huge corporate bailouts with little accountability, not enough protections for all Americans, and nothing meaningful for hospitals and healthcare workers on the front lines. In response to the Democrats insisting … Continue reading »

Protecting America’s Health and Economic Security Relies on the Frontline Skill of Immigrant Workers

The Immigrant Workforce is a Vital Part of the Essential Public Health & Safety Workforce and the Bulk of Agricultural and Food Security of the Nation The public health crisis created by COVID-19 has exposed the critical nature of workers in certain industries that are on the front lines protecting all of us, from doctors, … Continue reading »