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  1. The HEROES Act passed the House and the Senate is expected to consider a 5th COVID package this summer.
  2. The Administration is using the pandemic to justify more extreme enforcement efforts, including targeting minors.
  3. Trump’s executive order suspending immigration has been in place for a month, and it poses real risks for the future of immigration.
  4. USCIS is asking for emergency funding after closing its doors to visa applicants whose fees keep it afloat.
  5. More than 1,000 detainees have tested positive; deportations are ongoing despite political protest and health experts’ advice to the contrary.
  6. We still await a DACA decision, which could land as soon as Monday (June 1).
Staff and volunteers from the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank pack groceries to hand out to the community at a pop-up food pantry at Lincoln High School in San Francisco on March 20, 2020. Photo by Barbara Kinney/Emerson Collective
  • Noncitizens who pay their taxes using Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) rather than Social Security Numbers would be eligible for stimulus checks.
  • Medicaid testing and treatment for COVID-19 would be available regardless of immigration status.
  • Immigrants who were legally present when the Department of Health and Human Services first declared Covid-19 a public health emergency in January would be protected from the consequences of missing filing deadlines or failing to leave the country upon expiration of their visa.
  • The bill would automatically extend work authorization and protection for DACA and TPS recipients and would provide protection from removal and work authorization for individuals in critical infrastructure occupations including agricultural workers, meat packers, and others.
  • The bill contains no additional funding for immigration enforcement, and it prohibits DHS from transferring any emergency funding towards enforcement initiatives.
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Marshall Fitz

Marshall Fitz

Managing Director of Immigration at the Emerson Collective. Advocate for humanity, sports junky, 1/2-assed Buddhist, proud papa and spouse. Views obv my own.