The need for security and safety for our immigrant neighbors is greater than ever
Our immigrant neighbors "are working -- often at great risk to their health and lives -- to keep Americans safe, healthy, fed, and poised for economic recovery," as evidenced by the data published on May 1 by the Center for Migration Studies.
Immigrants make up:
24% of essential* workers in Texas (*as defined by the Department of Homeland Security)
26% of home health care workers and aides for the elderly
24% of workers in medical equipment manufacturing
25% of workers in pharmaceuticals manufacturing
23% of workers in disinfection and cleaning supplies manufacturing
23% of US transportation industry workers
21% of workers in warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment (for e-commerce)
31% of the US agriculture and farms workforce
21% of workers in the restaurant industry
Meanwhile, access to work for many is getting cut off and with it any ties to health care, the CARES Act denies economic relief to tax-paying immigrants and any U.S. citizen household members, and the executive branch of the government threatens to suspend several legal immigration categories and tweets out misinformation which ramps up anxiety and confusion.
We knew before COVID-19 that justice is essential. We've adjusted how we work during this pandemic, but our goal to work for justice for our immigrant neighbors is unwavering.
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