The Board Members of AMIS, Inc. unanimously voted to add our name and “signature” to organizations throughout the U.S. in a plea to leaders of both political parties. Please see the details below.
Note: This letter is intended for national, state and local organizations to sign on.Deadline for sign ons: extended to Monday, April 20 @ 12 ETSign on here: https://forms.gle/
vMocPAL8x6NV8kaz5.Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, and Leader McCarthy:As the nation navigates the current public health and economic crisis, it is essential to ensure that all families have access to the support they need to stay healthy and put food on the table. The global public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19 has shown us how interdependent and interconnected we are.The federal response to the COVID-19 crisis, including the Families First and the CARES Acts, left many low- and moderate-income immigrants out of the public health and stimulus policies. This exclusion threatens the well being of immigrants, their families – which include millions of U.S. citizen children – and our communities as a whole. This omission will greatly undermine the nation’s ability to overcome this unprecedented crisis.If we are serious about addressing the full scale of this public health emergency, we can no longer afford to leave out millions of our community members from the response and must ensure that everyone has access to the health care, nutrition and income support they need. Thus, the undersigned organizations call on Members of Congress to support rapid passage of a COVID-19 relief package and ensure that it includes the following provisions:
- Halt implementation of the Department of Homeland Security and State Department public charge regulations.
- Ensure that access to health care is available regardless of a person’s immigration status, income or categorical eligibility. Testing and treatment of COVID 19 symptoms and related health conditions, and vaccines (when available) should be covered through emergency Medicaid and other Medicaid options.
- Ensure access to the stimulus rebates for everyone who files tax returns, whether they use a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
- Ensure access to nutrition assistance through programs like the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), and extend the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program through the summer of 2020.
- Ensure that health services, and information about COVID-19 and about how to access benefit programs is available in multiple languages and through trusted community providers and that providers have the resources they need to access interpretation services.
- Ensure adequate funding for Community Health Centers, which are essential providers in many immigrant and low-income communities.We are stronger together, and our well-being is connected to that of our neighbors, regardless of the color of their skin, their wealth or where they come from. We urge you to quickly pass legislation that will make all of our communities healthier and more secure.Avideh Moussavian(pronouns: she/her/hers)Legislative DirectorNational Immigration Law CenterPhone: (202) 621-103