From Domingo Garcia, LULAC National President <[email protected]>
Subject LULAC Statement On $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill To Address Coronavirus Pandemic And Calls For Inclusiveness Of Communities Of Color
Date March 26, 2020 1:20 AM
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LULAC Statement On $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill To Address Coronavirus Pandemic And
Calls For Inclusiveness Of Communities Of Color

Nation’s Oldest & Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Continues to Push
Federal Legislators to Ensure that All Workers are Protected, Including Latinos
whose Backbreaking Labor Sustains the US Economy

Washington, DC - Today, the League of United Latin American (LULAC) leadership
released the following statements on the legislation being negotiated in the U.S.
House of Representatives and Senate:

“Over the last few weeks we’ve seen that during a time of economic crisis, it is
Latino, African American, immigrant and low-income workers across the nation who
are disproportionately hurt and in most need,” stated LULAC National President
Domingo Garcia. “The legislation being negotiated in the Senate is a step in the
right direction to alleviate the economic hardships for millions of Americans who
are struggling to make ends meet from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are
concerned about the farmworkers, undocumented workers, and legal residents who
need to get help also. All working people in America -- whose backbreaking labor
sustains the entire US economy-- need to be included in all of the unemployment
and health protections being negotiated.”

LULAC National CEO Sindy Benavides issued the following statement:

“LULAC applauds the House Democrats’ stimulus plan under the leadership of
Speaker Nancy Pelosi for directly addressing the needs of Latinos and all working
people in this country. This legislation includes larger cash payments of $1,500
per person, expands unemployment insurance and paid sick leave, offers extra aid
for small businesses in grants and interest-free loans to small businesses,
including $300 billion in forgivable loans to cover short-term payroll costs,
boosts funds to food banks by an extra $450 million, and whatever funds
‘necessary’ to account for more people in need of food stamps, and bans utility
providers from cutting off service during the crisis. We will fight alongside
House Democrats to ensure America’s working people are not forgotten. We demand
that Republican Senators swiftly take action and stop playing politics with
people’s lives especially as the death toll increases daily across the country
due to COVID-19.”

LULAC has also demanded that the COVID-19 rescue bills being negotiated in
Congress include the following:

Small Business Owners:

In the last decade, U.S. Latino-owned companies generated $470 billion in revenue
and created 3.2 million jobs. Latino businesses are struggling to stay afloat.
The American economy will suffer if Latino owned businesses suffer, many of which
are small and medium-sized, are left without the same benefits corporations are
poised to receive from a stimulus package.

Low-Wage Earners (Hotel, Restaurant, Hospitality, Cleaning, and other
Service/Retail Workers, etc.):

Many low-wage workers in the retail and service industry who earn minimum wage
face the difficult decision between risking catching the virus at work with no
insurance or staying home without pay. This is not a choice that families should
have to make.

Families and Children:

Latinos need aid to address keeping education, childcare, and school meal
programs afloat. The impact on students who depend on a free or reduced-price
school lunch is stark – we know that nearly 2 out 3 Latino children qualify for
these programs. Latino families depend on these school meals to feed their


ICE recently announced that they will scale back enforcement efforts in the U.S.
and will not carry out operations at or near health care facilities. LULAC has
agreed that ICE should most certainly suspend raids, family separations, end the
deportation of DACA recipients, and halt immigration hearings immediately.

The first detained immigrant tested positive for COVID-19 today. Those in ICE
detention face great danger at this time. These detention centers can turn into
death camps quickly since the spread of the disease is rampant and can easily get
out of control. As such, LULAC has called on the Department of Justice to release
non-violent detainees older than 50, those who are pregnant, or have underlying
conditions such as a weakened immune system or heart or lung disease, on parole.


LULAC has called on legislators to represent the interests of all working
families, including an estimated two to three million farmworkers who are
employed across the United States. Farmworkers and ALL workers should be included
in the COVID-19 rescue bills coming out of Congress. Farmworkers, who feed the
entire country and world, earn poverty-level wages, work under substandard
conditions and face a myriad of health and other issues due to their living and
employment conditions.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and
oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans
and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000
councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and
advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of
today and the future. For more information, visit [ [link removed] ] .

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