FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 12, 2021
Fernanda Durand | (214) 402-0186 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Treviño | (786) 201-8958 | email@example.com
Unfortunately, it Leaves out Millions of Tax-Paying Immigrants.
The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org:
CHICAGO –– Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act, the most sweeping poverty-fighting bill in a generation. This is an important step to address inequities. However, the bill will leave out 9 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom have been fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic for months and are sinking deeper into poverty.
“While the inclusion of immigrant children and those in mixed-status families is a step in the right direction, it is counterproductive to the public good to leave out millions of people who reside in the U.S. due to their lack of immigration status. One of the most important lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that no one should be left behind. To do so, makes everyone of us unsafe. Every person in need should be able to receive help during these trying times,” stated Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“We are encouraged to see that millions of Americans will soon receive much-needed relief as our country continues to face many hurdles in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. We’re disappointed, however, by missed opportunities like raising the federal minimum wage in the American Rescue Plan Act, which if it had been included, would have drastically improved the lives of many Latinx and migrant communities. We will continue to urge President Biden to keep his promise to support our families within his first 100 days in office,” stated Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org. “Excluding our families from relief efforts will continue to exacerbate the gaps between the rich and poor leaving immigrants out of the economic recovery process. We hope the Biden administration will keep its commitment to treat all immigrants humanely, with respect, and work to provide relief for all,” added Chacón.
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Presente.org’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.