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Immigrant rights are a huge topic of discussion these days. Now more than ever, immigrants need our help in these tumultuous times. As an immigrant, myself, I’m passionate about this issue, especially now when so many need COVID relief but can’t get it.
Immigrants contribute a significant amount of revenue to our economy, and they add a richness to our society. Immigrant contributions to society and the economy during COVID-19 have been indispensable & the government response should reflect that.
Many low wage workers have no economic choice other than to return to work and feel trapped while fearing for their lives. It’s up to us to make sure they are protected.
From healthcare to agriculture, the arts, and more, immigrants have had a huge positive impact on our society.
That’s why immigrant rights to relief during this pandemic are something that should be on everyone’s mind right now.
Immigrant Rights are Human Rights for Frontline Workers
If a person lives in our country, they should be protected from both physical and financial harm. The pandemic has hit everyone hard, but it’s been especially bad on immigrants.
It’s a terrible miscarriage of justice that they can’t get the relief that so many of us have gotten and can get, especially since immigrants are so important to the day to day operation of our country.
Immigrants have been vital in keeping our country going throughout these past months, and they’ve put their lives on the line to do it.
Putting Their Lives on the Line for Us
70% of farm workers and 40% of food packers are immigrants. One in six nurses and one in four doctors are immigrants.
In addition, so many immigrant low-wage workers have had no choice but to return to work, fearing for their lives, just to keep a roof over their heads.
In Michigan, there are 2,000 DACA recipients working in occupations on the frontlines, and 8.4% of all essential workers are foreign-born.
In addition, all across the country, immigrants play a key role in various sectors that help keep this country moving. Take a look.
- Healthcare Workers: 8.2%
- Janitors and Building Cleaners: 4.9%
- Agricultural Workers: 12.9%
- Food and Beverage Manufacturing Workers: 19.8%
- Transportation Workers (Excluding Airlines): 12.3%
All of these people put their lives on the line every day to keep our country and their families going strong. With them giving so much, why aren’t they getting back?
Immigrants Have a Right to Safety and Security
This pandemic has shown everyone that now more than ever, we all work together in this country to succeed. It’s time that all of us – white, Latino, Asian, Native American, and Black.
Let’s come together and demand the testing, treatment, and time off so we can stay healthy.
By standing together, we can help change the narrative and actions in our country’s legislatures to ensure better health for all of us for generations to come.
As an immigrant, it pains me to see my fellow immigrants fight for their basic right to live and be healthy in this country, and I think we can do better.
Please join me and take five short seconds to sign this MomsRising petition imploring congress to include immigrants in COVID relief packages.
If we stand together, we can show our legislators that what we want is what so many in our population need – immigrant rights to physical and financial health and well-being.
Don’t forget to register to vote in this coming election, let’s use our voice! Immigrants & their families need you to stand with them now more than ever before.
Are you an immigrant? If so, let’s talk about it in the comments. What are your thoughts?