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All California’s families deserve to be part of the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic crisis. Sign the petition to ensure that all immigrants in California can have equal access to health care, be part of an inclusive recovery, and get equitable justice. I am California!

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Todas las familias de California merecen ser parte de la recuperación del estado tras la pandemia COVID-19 y su crisis económica. Firma esta petición para garantizar que todos los inmigrantes en California puedan tener el mismo acceso a atención médica, ser parte de una recuperación inclusiva y obtener justicia equitativa. ¡Yo soy California!

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Our Progress So Far

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The signatories to this letter, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) align with  a cross-section of grassroots, professional, and community service  organizations from across California are led by and rooted in, our communities celebrate and recognize the progress made. However, we continue to urge for complete inclusion of immigrant and refugee communities in the recovery efforts in the areas of healthcare, justice, and economic relief.

Equal Access to Healthcare

National
  • Medicaid Waiver for the State of California to allow for flexibility in the use of funds for undocumented immigrants.
  • Ensure services and emergency announcements are multilingual and culturally appropriate.
  • Halt the implementation of Public Charge Rule.
State
  • Full access to healthcare including full access to COVID-19 testing, treatment for short and long term effects.
  • Ensure access to full-scope Medi-Cal for elderly undocumented immigrants is expedited and implemented now to ensure elderly seniors have access to all services.
Los Angeles County
  • Strengthen My Health LA program to ensure it provides healthcare for all residents in Los Angeles County

Inclusive Economic Recovery

National
  • Declare COVID-19 a Natural Disaster to ensure that everyone, including the undocumented, is able to access all related relief, resources, and assistance.
  • Ensure that immigrant taxpayers who use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)  are able to benefit from the federal stimulus and economic relief programs.
  • Ensure that mixed-status families have access to child tax credit.
State
  • Inclusion of immigrants, regardless of status, is COVID-19 relief programs.
  • Expand state programs such as Unemployment benefits for undocumented immigrants, the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).
  • Immediately include immigrant tax filers who file with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) in the CalEITC and Young Child Tax Credit, retroactively for tax year 2019 and ongoing.
  • Continue funding for Immigration Legal Services Funding (ONE California Program). 
Los Angeles County
  • Create rental and mortgage assistance forgiveness funds to assist low-income communities with rent and mortgage payments after COVID-19 quarantine is over.
  • Create Los Angeles County funds to provide cash assistance for immigrants.

Access to Justice

National
  • Automatic renewal of immigration programs such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Moratorium on all immigration enforcement during the pandemic itself, up until full recovery.
  • Release all migrants from detention centers.  Given the alarming rates of deaths in custody, the lack of containment of a mumps epidemic in 2019 and the current treatment of COVID-19 infected detainees including the deportation of some, it is clear neither private nor federal facilities can handle a health crisis.
  • Aside from releasing detainees, the immigration courts should remain closed for both the detained and non-detained dockets.
State
  • Eliminate any transfer from state to immigration authorities.
  • Seek the release of immigrants from detention centers.
Los Angeles County
  • Halt all transfers from city and county local law enforcement agencies to immigration authorities.
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Las organizaciones que firmaron esta carta, que son organizaciones de base, profesionales y de servicio comunitario dirigidas y arraigadas en nuestras comunidades en todo California, celebran y reconocen el progreso realizado. Sin embargo, seguimos pidiendo que se incluyan comunidades inmigrantes y de refugiados en las áreas de salud, justicia y ayuda económica durante la recuperación de COVID-19.

Acceso al Cuidado de Salud

Nacional
  • Exención de Medicaid para el Estado de California que permita flexibilidad en el uso de fondos para inmigrantes indocumentados
  • Asegurar que servicios y anuncios de emergencia estén en varios lenguajes y sean apropiados culturalmente.
  • Parar implementación de la regla de Carga Pública
Estado
  • Acceso completo al cuidado de salud, incluyendo pruebas de COVID-19 y tratamiento para los síntomas de corto y largo plazo. 
  • Acelerar el acceso al Medi-Cal completo para los inmigrantes indocumentados de la tercera edad para asegurar su salud. 
Condado de Los Ángeles 
  • Fortalecer el programa de Mi SaludLA para asegurar que da cuidado de salud a todos los residentes del Condado de Los Ángeles.

Recuperamiento Económico Inclusivo

Nacional
  • Declarar COVID-19 un desastre natural para garantizar que todos, incluso indocumentados, puedan acceder a todos los relacionados recursos y asistencia.
  • Asegurar que los inmigrantes con Número de Identificación de Contribuyente Individual (ITIN) puedan beneficiarse de los programas federales de estimulo y alivio económico.
  • Asegurar que las familias de estatus mixto tengan acceso al crédito de impuestos designado a los hijos. 
Estado 
  • Incluir a los inmigrantes en todos los programas de alivio de COVID-19, sin importar estado de migración. 
  • Ampliar programas estatales como beneficios de desempleo, el Programa de Asistencia Alimentaria de California (CFAP) y el Programa de Asistencia en Efectivo para Inmigrantes (CAPI) para incluir a los inmigrantes indocumentados.
  • Incluir ya a inmigrantes que pagan impuestos con un Número de Identificación de Contribuyente Individual (ITIN) en el CalEITC y el Crédito Tributario para Niños Pequeños, retroactivamente para el año fiscal 2019 y el año en curso.
  • Continuar el financiamiento de servicios legales de inmigración (programa ONE California).
Condado de Los Ángeles
  • Crear un fondo de asistencia y perdón de pagos de alquiler e hipoteca para ayudar a las comunidades de bajos ingresos con estas deudas después de que termine la cuarentena COVID-19
  • Crear fondos del condado de Los Ángeles para proporcionar asistencia en efectivo a los inmigrantes.

Acceso a la Justicia 

Nacional
  • Renovación automática de programas de inmigración como Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) y Estado de Protección Temporal (TPS)
  • Prohibición de todos los operativos de aplicación de ley de inmigración durante la pandemia, hasta la recuperación completa.
  • Liberación de a todo migrante detenido en centros de detención. Está claro que ni las instalaciones privadas ni las federales pueden manejar una crisis de salud como esta, dadas las alarmantes tasas de muertes en cárceles, la proliferación de una epidemia de paperas en 2019 y el tratamiento actual de los detenidos infectados con COVID-19.
  • Además de liberar a los detenidos, los tribunales de inmigración deben permanecer cerrados tanto para casos de personas detenidas y no detenidas.
Estado 
  • Eliminar cualquier transferencia del estado a las autoridades de inmigración. 
  • Buscar la liberación de inmigrantes de los centros de detención.
Condado de Los Ángeles
  • Detener todas las transferencias de las agencias policiales locales de la ciudad y el condado a las autoridades de inmigración.
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CHIRLA y la respuesta federal, estatal y local a COVID-19

CHIRLA and the Federal, State and Local Response to COVID-19

On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The ensuing worldwide crisis exposed systemic weaknesses that hamper immigrant access to key services. Government at all levels must respond swiftly, compassionately, and equitably, always accounting for the unique challenges facing immigrants and refugees.

CHIRLA Advocating for All Immigrants

Watch Angelica Salas on Democracy Now (32:00)

Federal COVID-19 Response Timeline

  • Mar 6, 2020

    March 6, 2020

    Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 signed into law. President Trump requested only $1.25 billion, but Congress allocated $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agency response. CHIRLA took no position.

    • $3.1 billion for Health and Social Services to develop and purchase vaccines and medical supplies
    • Grants created for state, local, and tribal public health agencies and organizations
    • $100 million for community health centers
    • $950 million for state and local preparedness grants
  • Mar 6, 2020

    March 13, 2020

    The federal government declares national emergency and takes the following steps: 

    • Provides $50 billion to states 
    • Gives Secretary of Health and Human Services authority to waive requirements for Medicare, Medicaid, and state children’s health insurance
    • Waives interest payments on student loans
  • Mar 6, 2020

    March 18, 2020

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act allocates $3.47 billion to assist individuals affected by the COVID-19. CHIRLA supports this effort.

    • Establishes federally funded paid sick leave 
    • Requires employers to give workers sick leave
    • Expands unemployment benefits 
    • Increases funding and access to Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
    • Gives employers and the self-employed tax credits to cover paid sick days
  • Mar 6, 2020

    March 19, 2020

    Senate Republicans introduce the CARES Act, a $1.6 trillion COVID-19 relief package. CHIRLA opposed it.

    • Bailed out industries affected by COVID-19
    • No protections for immigrants workers and families were included
  • Mar 6, 2020

    March 23, 2020

    House Democrats released Take Responsibility for Workers and Family Act, A $2.5 trillion relief package. CHIRLA supports this effort. 

    • Ensures that COVID-19 testing and treatment is available and free for anyone who needs it
    • Provides more economic protections for workers  
    • Increases unemployment benefits
    • Provides $200 billion to states and $15 billion to local governments to mitigate budget deficits
  • Mar 6, 2020

    March 27, 2020

    The Cares Act is signed into law.

    • Mitigates public health and economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic
    • Provides more access to testing and treatment for the uninsured
    • Provides cash payments to families
    • Provides enhanced unemployment security for workers
    • Immigrants are not included. With more than 50 million immigrants, 12 million of whom are undocumented, this exclusion hurts tens of millions of families.
  • Mar 6, 2020

    April 13, 2020

    The addressing extension of employment autorization and immigrants in detention centers during COVID-19.

    • Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) urges the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to utilize its discretionary powers to automatically extend employment authorization for all immigrants whose employment authorization documents (EADs) are about to expire.
    • The FIRST Act was introduced by Senator Booker (NJ) and Congresswoman Jayapal (WA) to release the majority of immigrants in civil detention and limit immigration enforcement during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • Mar 6, 2020

    April 21, 2020

    The Trump administration prohibits undocumented college students from receiving emergency federal cash assistance for expenses like food, child care and housing. The CARES Act provided $6 billion to higher education institutions The Education Department officials in new guidance directed colleges that only U.S. citizens and some legal permanent residents. Excluding, hundreds of thousands of recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has provided work authorization and deportation protections for undocumented immigrant youth.

  • Mar 6, 2020

    April 23, 2020

    President Trump issued a proclamation suspending  the entry of immigrants into the U.S. for 60 days if: 

    • They are outside the U.S. as of the effective date of the Presidential Proclamation [April 23, 2020];
    • Do not have a valid immigrant visa on the effective date; and
    • Do not have an official travel document other than a visa [i.e. transportation letter, boarding foil, or advance parole document] that is valid on the effective date of the Presidential Proclamation or issued on any date thereafter that permits travel to the U.S. to seek entry or admission. 
  • Mar 6, 2020

    April 24, 2020

    Latest COVID-19 rescue package, Supreme Court action and USCIS announcement.

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CHIRLA Responds to passage of the CARES Act

Immigrants workers put food on our tables, care for our children and elderly, clean our homes, deliver and stock our groceries, and staff our health care facilities, but the $2 trillion CARES bill excluded them. This is cruel, shortsighted and at odds with any serious attempt to tackle this crisis.

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