Hispanic advocacy organization launches campaign to include immigrants in pandemic relief

Hispanic advocacy organization launches campaign to include immigrants in pandemic relief
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A top Hispanic political advocacy organization launched a campaign on Tuesday to push congressional leaders to include immigrants in coronavirus relief efforts, including health care and economic provisions.

UnidosUS Action Fund, the political advocacy sister organization of the country's largest Hispanic civil rights group, UnidosUS, specifically targeted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSupreme Court expands religious rights with trio of rulings Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits Democrats see victory in Trump culture war MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad State and local officials beg Congress to send more election funds ahead of November Teacher's union puts million behind ad demanding funding for schools preparing to reopen MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? McCarthy to offer bill withholding funds from states that don't protect statues McCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue MORE (R-Calif.) with its campaign.

“The novel coronavirus does not care about a person’s immigration status, economic status or access to health care," said Orson Aguilar, executive director of UnidosUS Action Fund.


"Our response to the pandemic shouldn’t either. Immigrants, as well as all taxpayers, must have access to health care treatment and services, including testing and treatment for COVID-19, without fear of bankruptcy, deportation or any other consequences,” he added.

The campaign includes a short video highlighting the immigrant workers in essential tasks, such as health care and the food industry, who may not be eligible for benefits under the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package signed into law by President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE last month.

The package excludes undocumented immigrants, including those who have filed and paid taxes under a federally-granted taxpayer identification number, from receiving any benefits.

It also excluded provisions to extend immigration benefits for foreign nationals who are unable to renew their visas or permits during the pandemic.

“Despite a long history of inequity in the United States, immigrants will rise to the challenge before us and — at great risk to themselves and their families — contribute to the healing and recovery of the country. Certainly, they deserve fairness and equity,” said Aguilar.