FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 17, 2021
Fernanda Durand | (214) 402-0186 | [email protected]
Nancy Treviño | (786) 201-8958 | [email protected]
The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org:
CHICAGO –– On Tax Day 2021, we call on President Biden and Congress to invest in immigrant communities by extending COVID relief economic benefits for all and ensuring permanent status for everyone living in the United States, regardless of their current immigration status. Congress must also stop funding detention and instead invest in legal representation, housing, transportation, healthcare and other essential needs of migrant communities.
Overall, immigrant workers contributed nearly $500 billion in taxes in 2019, which includes the $30.6 billion in taxes that undocumented workers pay. Immigrant households contribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal, state, and local taxes nationwide and hold a tremendous amount of spending power. Immigrant workers play a huge role in the U.S. economy and in 2019 alone, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders paid $2.5 billion in taxes and Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients paid $6.2 billion in taxes. However, undocumented workers are still excluded from the economic benefits other taxpayers receive.
“It is time for the President and Congress to recognize the positive impact of migration to the U.S. Not only do immigrant workers pay billions of dollars in taxes each year, they are also essential members of our society. Congress must do its part to ensure that, at a minimum, TPS holders, DACA recipients, and essential workers are provided with permanent status this year,” stated Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“Immigrant workers contribute billions in taxes each year and yet many continue to be excluded from the benefits many of us receive. Instead of wasting taxpayer dollars on inhumane immigration detention centers, militarization, and war, President Biden and Congress should invest in legal representation for migrants seeking asylum and healthcare for Latinx communities still struggling in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.
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.