Protect Immigrants in Relief Packages 

May 12, 2020

Faith Action Network has joined with the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) and over 400 other organizations in a letter to call for a state relief fund for undocumented workers and their families who are experiencing great hardship during COVID-19. We urge you as individuals to send a letter and take action with us.

FAN celebrates faith communities’ important work in providing sanctuary, accompaniment and other supports during these years as our neighbors have suffered through detentions and deportations. This pandemic is showing us even more clearly that our health and well-being depends on our neighbors; see this public health article on migrant health and food chain issues. We are only as safe and healthy as the most vulnerable members of our communities, and ensuring their well-being is how we ensure our own.

More than 250,000 undocumented immigrants call Washington home. While the coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all, undocumented immigrants are uniquely at risk and are overrepresented in industries that have been decimated by the pandemic, including restaurants, hospitality, landscaping and construction. Undocumented immigrants and their families were completely excluded from the $2 trillion relief package Congress passed last month and are not eligible for unemployment insurance, even though providing economic stability to all workers is essential to ending this public health crisis.  

Please take action today to ensure our communities are taken care of. Contact your legislators and Governor Inslee for immediate action to provide emergency relief to undocumented families by:

  • Creating a Washington Worker Relief Fund that provides economic assistance to undocumented Washingtonians
  • Creating a permanent system that gives undocumented immigrants access to unemployment insurance

Email Governor Inslee
Email your legislators - One click to reach all three!

Together, we can make our voices heard. Together, we can make sure we are all safe. From frontline healthcare workers to grocery clerks to farmworkers--no one should be left out. We need protections for ALL Washingtonians, no matter where we were born, the color of our skin, or our immigration status. Tell your legislators to include undocumented immigrants in relief funds to ensure we all get the care we need.



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