State Should Support Immigrant Families
I am proud of the Vermont House of Representatives for increasing the appropriation to $5 million dollars of funding to support immigrant families excluded from previous coronavirus relief packages. These immigrant families, who live and work in our communities to provide our food and keep our dairies operating, were excluded from the “Economic Impact Payments,” better known as the stimulus checks, authorized by the federal government in the CARES Act passed in March.
“Now, more than ever, during the public health crisis, we need to make sure that all Vermonters have access to basic needs and safety,” said Lt. Governor Zuckerman. “Immigrant families make valuable contributions to our economy and our communities and should not be excluded. It is important that this fund be fully funded.”
Those left out include Vermont residents without social security numbers as well as many mixed-status families. This includes approximately 1,200 immigrant dairy workers who have been classified as “essential” during the pandemic by the Department of Homeland Security and whom we rely heavily upon to keep our dairy farms operating.
Thank you to Xusana Davis, Director of Racial Equity and the House Committee on Appropriations for advocating for and identifying these resources for Vermonters.