Immigrant families in South Carolina face unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite paying taxes, these families are not eligible for federal relief funds and many lack access to essential information and services if they do not speak English well. Many of South Carolina’s immigrants work in jobs considered essential or do not have the financial safety net to stay home and not work.
We need you to act now to ensure future relief efforts are more inclusive to meet the health, safety, and economic security needs of South Carolina’s immigrant and mixed-status families.
Tell South Carolina’s Congressional Delegation to:
- Provide access to free COVID-19 related screening, testing, and treatment for all people;
- Make cash payments available to individuals who file taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and their families, including U.S. citizen family members who were not eligible under the CARES Act;
- Automatically extend the current work authorizations for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders;
- Halt implementation of Public Charge and related regulations; and
- Ensure access to COVID-19 related information and resource for people with limited English proficiency by providing much needed funding to state agencies and health care providers.
We must not undermine the effectiveness of Federal COVID-19 relief efforts by leaving families out.
Send your message loud and clear today to your Representative and Senators today, before it is too late.
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