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Coronavirus pandemic

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As communities across the country grapple with the health and economic fallout from the Coronavirus crisis, UnidosUS is deeply engaged in ensuring that Latinos are not left out of the federal response and relief efforts.

Latinos have made significant contributions to the nation’s economy and prosperity. Inequality and discrimination have resulted in disparities in health and economic outcomes for the Latino community. The federal and state response to the current crises will widen inequality if it fails to reach all families in need. 

In partnership with the local leadership of our community-based Affiliates, we have identified a list of priorities for policymakers, administrators, and community advocates to focus on:

  • Addressing the major health care needs of the Latino community.
  • Providing economic aid to all in need.
  • Preventing Hispanic children and students from falling even further behind their peers while schools grapple with the crises.
  • Ensuring that all people, including immigrants, are protected and safe.

Health

*Last updated on May 7, 2020*

Today, nearly 10 million Latinos are living without health insurance and will be burdened with exorbitant medical bills—or will not seek medical attention for fear of cost—if they get sick. That’s dangerous at a time when stopping the spread of Coronavirus means that everyone who needs testing and treatment should be getting it. 

In this moment of crisis, we need to expand Medicaid and access to health care and remove eligibility restrictions for programs that provide a safety net for families in peril.  


Economy

*Last updated on May 7, 2020*

Latinos may bear the larger brunt of the crisis because they hold a disproportionate number of hourly and gig jobs in hard-hit industries, such as health care, restaurants, and other services. These jobs seldom provide the opportunity to build retirement savings or develop long-term wealth. And they leave Latino families particularly vulnerable to economic downturns, like now. Latinos are also disproportionately concentrated in low-wage jobs, which means that in addition to earning gaps, they lack access to critical benefits, like paid family leave

Given the current economic crisis brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, we urgently need policies that will help families stay afloat, no matter the immediate emergency. 


Education 

*Last updated on May 7, 2020*

Students, parents, and educators are all dealing with an education system abruptly turned upside down. It is paramount that equity in education is at the forefront of action during the crisis. Even so, now is an opportunity for our nation to recommit itself to providing equal access to opportunity for all.

If we can ensure schools are receiving resources to support the students with the highest needs—both during and following this crisis—and are held accountable for the success of all students, our vision of a strong, diverse America will be achieved within a generation.


Immigration

*Last updated on May 7, 2020*

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should suspend all immigration raids during the Coronavirus crisis and to make testing and treatment available to undocumented people to stop the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of the American public. 

Neighborhood raids, along with the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule that imposes a wealth test on all legal immigrants by discouraging them from seeking medical care they are eligible to receive, are counterproductive and will result in fewer people seeking testing and care, making mitigation efforts less effective. Compassionate and commonsense immigration policies are necessary for the Latino community’s success during this crisis.  


Voting

*Last updated on May 7, 2020*

Latinos stand to be the largest minority voting bloc in 2020 and will play a decisive role in state contests across the country. UnidosUS has been a leading advocate for Latino voter registration through our ¡Adelante! campaign.

But with Coronavirus halting registration efforts and delaying elections, there’s a real fear that voters, including Latinos, will have trouble exercising their franchise in the remaining primaries and the general election in November. Electoral officials should redouble their vote-by-mail efforts now. 

  

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