Leading Moms Group Urges Speedy Passage of the Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act, Calling It ‘Legislation Our Nation Needs Now’
“The ways our lawmakers have excluded immigrant families from health care and other essential services during the Trump administration has been both cruel and counterproductive. It is more evident than ever during this pandemic that families, communities, and our country are stronger and safer when every person, including all those in vulnerable communities, have access to health coverage and care. That is why America’s moms commend U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Representatives Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Lou Correa (D-Calif.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), and all the cosponsors, for introducing the Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act, which would help make critical health services and resources available to all people in this country.
“This legislation would suspend policies that discourage immigrant families from accessing health care and other essential services until 60 days after the emergency ends; ensure access to COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines for all through Medicaid; expand the CDC’s language access programs; and codify access to coronavirus relief measures for those in immigrant and other vulnerable communities.
“Most of us are scared, for good reason. But we will pull through this by pulling together. When we support the Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act, we say ‘no’ to those who want to divide us and instead commit to ensuring that everyone can access health care. It’s time to stand with and for each other, across our differences and against anyone who wants to divide us. This is legislation our nation needs now.”
--Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO, MomsRising
“Immigrants have answered the call to help during the coronavirus emergency, from staffing our hospitals to providing home care to harvesting food to working in our grocery stores. Yet hardworking immigrants who are on the front lines of fighting this virus were excluded from the CARES Act. It’s time to remedy that and to ensure that immigrants can receive the health care and economic support everyone needs. Passage of the Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act will do that and its passage should be a high priority for every member of Congress.
“This pandemic does not discriminate based on immigration status, but for too long too many of our lawmakers have. It’s time we recognize that each person’s wellness depends on all of us. Whether it’s people with chronic health conditions or those who are homeless, our undocumented neighbors or those in detention, we must ensure we can all access the health care and resources we need. Our country will be stronger when we leave no community behind.”
--Statement of Donna Norton, executive vice president, MomsRising