As a community facing the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone can take steps to make an impact. As we practice social distancing, we can still show support for immigrant communities online.
During this time of uncertainty, we follow the directives of Pope Francis in advocating for our immigrant sisters and brothers. Remembering the very real dangers they are trying to escape in their home countries, compounded by the fear and anxiety of the current coronavirus pandemic, we offer some ways to take action, even from home.
Here are several ways to support immigrants.
- The USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services and Justice for Immigrants campaigns are continuing to work to protect immigrants and other vulnerable members of our communities. Their latest update can be accessed here and they will continue to update this COVID-19 Resource page.
- Some difficult news from Raices was shared about the death of one of their clients at the Karnes Detention Center. An immigrant father detained there took his own life last week. We invite you to sign the petition to release all immigrants at risk of coronavirus.
- Congress is currently deliberating details on a third package of relief for Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. Several immigration advocacy groups have developed Immigration-Related Requests for this package. Read more here.
- The Supreme Court is currently deliberating on the future of DACA and DACA recipients like Zaid. Born in Mexico City, Zaid now runs an inclusive, affordable vegan restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri. He’s a DACA recipient, a loving son, a small business owner, and — in his own words ‚ “trying to be a better human.” Zaid’s #HomeIsHere. Read more here.
- We continue to monitor the Supreme Court’s deliberations on the DACA program. As a reference, our friends at United We Dream put together an informative video on the Top 5 Things You Need to Know about DACA. We encourage you to watch and share it.