Immigrant Essential Workers Are Crucial to America's COVID-19 Recovery   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Overview: "Undocumented immigrant essential workers, and other individuals living with temporary status, face an uncertain future in the United States, particularly given the onslaught of executive orders and policy changes made by the outgoing Trump Administration. Some essential workers have temporary nonimmigrant visas or limited protection from deportation like DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] or TPS [Temporary Protected Status] [hyperlink], while most have no legal status [hyperlink] at all. Immigrant essential workers are indispensable; the United States continues to rely on them to fight the pandemic and contribute to a long-term recovery. Consequently, they should not be subject to deportation, but instead should be provided certainty over their future in the United States. By doing so, we would recognize the critical work that millions of immigrant essential workers perform every day, and thus secure all our futures. Congress must include ALL essential workers, including lawful permanent residents, immigrants with temporary status, and undocumented immigrants in future COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] legislation. This includes creating lawful permanent residence pathways [hyperlink] for ALL immigrant essential workers, regardless of their immigration status. Given their personal sacrifice during the pandemic, it is the least Congress and President-elect Biden can do in helping them fight the pandemic alongside all Americans."

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