This evening, the House of Representatives approved the HEROES Act, a major bill that strengthens the nation’s response to COVID-19. The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: We salute Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats for putting forward and passing the HEROES Act. The legislation speaks loudly and clearly… Continue »

“To effectively confront a crisis that affects all of us, we need to respond with a strategy that includes all of us” This evening, as the House of Representatives considers H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, Republicans have offered an amendment – known as a Motion to Recommit – in an attempt to gut the overall… Continue »

Frank Sharry: “The way for all of us to conquer the virus is to include all of us in the emergency response.”   Later today, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the HEROES Act. America’s Voice strongly recommends a “Yes” vote. The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of… Continue »

Here Are Some Examples The HEROES Act, expected to be voted on late today, champions the crucial contributions that essential workers and their families, including immigrants, make to our nationwide response to this once-in-a-century crisis. This bill stands in sharp contrast to the top legislative priority of Republicans, which is to shield companies from any… Continue »

On Wednesday, May 13, the House Committee on Homeland Security hosted a virtual forum to discuss the role immigrants have played in the current pandemic and some of the specific issues the community is facing during the crisis. From the overwhelming number of outbreaks in immigration detention facilities to the unsafe working conditions many have… Continue »

As we highlighted yesterday, the HEROES Act introduced by Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats recognizes that the best way to promote the health and safety of all Americans is to include all essential workers and all American families in our response to the virus. This includes treating immigrant workers and their families with dignity and… Continue »

On Tuesday, May 13, Senate Republicans called a hearing entitled “Examining Liability During the COVID-19 Pandemic” to explore possible ways of shielding business owners from liability during the crisis. Workers – many of whom are immigrants and people of color – are risking their lives everyday in industries deemed essential. What’s worse is that many… Continue »

Three pieces today drive home the point that so-called “essential” workers – disproportionately immigrant and persons of color – are keeping our society functioning at a tremendous risk to their lives. In industries such as meat processing, these workers are being forced to continue working in hot-spots that lack basic protections for their safety. Thus… Continue »

This afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing examining legal liability for companies during the COVID-19 crisis – the  stated top priority of Republicans in the next CARES package. According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, “Instead of widespread testing, safe working conditions and meaningful protections for workers, Republicans are worried… Continue »

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Maribel Hastings and David Torres If one thing was obvious by the end of last week, it’s that COVID-19 does not discriminate, although the officials charged with confronting the pandemic do. It is an almost natural practice among those who have the power and, because of this fact, think or feel that they are immune… Continue »