The COVID-19 pandemic deepened the already heavy hardships of the undocumented community. It also spotlighted the power of community care. When we, as undocumented organizers and allies, stepped up to create supports for those who were left out, we saw how our systems can be reimagined and transformed.
... undocumented people are actively exploited into risking their lives every day during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the active climate crises across the country, in the name of “keeping our economy moving,” which is upholding the system of capitalism in the country.
We urge policymakers and advocates to remember that while it is true and important that undocumented immigrants are essential workers, taxpayers, and contributors to the economy—your support should not be about production, but about humanity and community. Undocumented immigrants are neighbors, friends, family, and fellow community members. We need the government to step it up to protect all of us.