Undocumented Workers Won't Get Stimulus Checks — Again

Written by on December 21, 2020

Congress has as soon as once more left undocumented immigrants out of its COVID-19 stimulus checks, slicing out hundreds of thousands of important employees and their U.S. citizen kids from the much-needed funds. 

Within the $900 billion coronavirus aid package deal Congress has lastly agreed on, People are set to obtain $600 stimulus checks per particular person, together with adults and youngsters, for many who made lower than $75,000 in 2019, or lower than $150,000 for {couples} in a family. 

However, simply as was the case within the first COVID-19 aid deal within the spring, the laws excludes immigrants who’re “nonresident aliens” — or undocumented immigrants — from getting checks. 

Not like the final package deal, Congress will enable People who’re married to undocumented individuals to obtain stimulus checks this time round. Nonetheless, the U.S. citizen kids of undocumented immigrants will get nothing.  

“For Black, Latinx and [Asian American and Pacific Islander] households, particularly those that could also be undocumented and have been hit exhausting by the virus and the recession, this package deal isn’t sufficient,” mentioned Ai-jen Poo, government director of the Nationwide Home Staff Alliance. 

Poo famous that undocumented home employees home cleaners, youngster care and residential care employees — “put their lives on the road to maintain us protected, but proceed to be denied authorities aid.”

Undocumented immigrants are amongst these hardest hit by the pandemic and its financial fallout. Undocumented employees are overrepresented in fields which have seen huge layoffs as a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions, together with the restaurant and resort industries. 

Additionally they make up vital parts of the frontline employees deemed “important” — from grocery retailer and farm employees to constructing cleaners — who’re nonetheless going to work, risking their lives in a pandemic whereas hundreds of thousands of People keep house.

Agricultural workers in carrot fields at a farm near Arvin, California on April 3.

Agricultural employees in carrot fields at a farm close to Arvin, California on April 3.

About three-quarters of undocumented individuals within the U.S. are Latinx, and almost 60% of Latinx individuals in Might mentioned somebody of their family had taken a pay reduce or misplaced a job due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Latinx and Black individuals are additionally round 4 occasions as prone to be hospitalized with COVID-19 as white individuals, and almost thrice as prone to die, per the CDC.

In the meantime, immigrants who filed taxes utilizing an Particular person Taxpayer Identification Quantity (ITIN) — as a result of they aren’t eligible for a social safety quantity — contributed to authorities funds used to pay for this coronavirus aid invoice, all whereas being reduce out of stimulus checks. In 2015, 4.Four million individuals, largely immigrants, paid $23.6 billion in taxes utilizing an ITIN, per the American Immigration Council.

And of over 11 million undocumented individuals within the U.S., over Three million stay with a minimum of one U.S. citizen youngster, per a Migration Coverage Institute evaluation of U.S. Census Bureau knowledge.

“Immigrant households have been on the entrance traces of this pandemic,” mentioned Hannah Matthews, deputy government director and knowledgeable on immigrant households on the nonpartisan Heart for Legislation and Social Coverage. 

Whereas Matthews cheered the inclusion of “mixed-status” {couples} on this spherical of congressional aid, she slammed the exclusion of American youngsters of undocumented mother and father as “morally mistaken.”

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