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 »

White House

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 »

If you Pay Taxes, You Should Be Treated Like All Other Taxpayers As Congress debates the contents of the next pandemic relief package, an editorial and a column in the Washington Post highlight why Trump and congressional Republicans’ punitive decision to exclude mixed immigration status families from the previous round of relief violates the law,… Continue »

Just when there was no reason to remember the existence of an inoperative wall on the southern border, since the biggest worry in this precise moment is and must be the containment of the lethal coronavirus pandemic, one of the most insufferable and recurring topics of conversation from today’s United States leader has re-emerged. Even… Continue »

The U.S. economy is tanking. Tens of thousands of Americans have lost their lives. President Trump has no plan and (while not wearing a mask) is washing his hands of his responsibility to lead the nation through the worst crisis of our lifetime. His reelection prospects are threatened. So, what are Trump and his lackeys… Continue »

Facing criticism for his failure to respond competently to the COVID-19 crisis and concerned about his declining re-election prospects, President Trump this week returned to his xenophobic comfort zone and issued an attention grabbing immigration proclamation. At a time when immigrants are reminding us of their essential contributions – including keeping food on Americans’ tables… Continue »