For Immediate Release
May 20, 2020
The Cities for Action coalition commends the House on the passage of the HEROES Act, which lays a strong foundation for including and supporting our immigrant communities in the new Coronavirus relief package. Despite the fact that immigrant communities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis—while so many continue to serve on the frontlines—they were left out of the previous stimulus packages and denied the resources they need. Cities for Action applauds the House on recognizing that the next stimulus must provide relief for all, regardless of immigration status, especially by the inclusion of measures for:
- Providing access to healthcare and financial assistance;
- Providing language access for federal benefits and services provided during this critical time;
- Making sure that all of our students have access to relief from educational institutions; and
- Ensuring automatic extension of work authorization for DACA and TPS recipients, so many of whom are frontline and essential workers during this crisis.
The HEROES Act affirms our belief that we cannot effectively recover from this pandemic unless everyone is afforded access to critical support. We strongly urge the Senate to pass the HEROES Act as expeditiously as possible. And to our immigrant communities, we will continue to advocate for your health and safety during this crisis. Inclusive relief will make us all more resilient.