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Statement on MI Sens. Stabenow and Peters’ vote to withhold COVID Relief from Undocumented Immigrants

Feb. 5, 2021: The U.S. Senate voted on the Young Amendment, to withhold COVID relief from undocumented immigrants. Exec. Dir. Lonnie Scott responds for Progress Michigan:

COVID has impacted people in every community. The virus doesn’t distinguish by immigration status––and neither should our response to it.

Undocumented immigrants, just like everyone else in Michigan and around the country, have struggled with this pandemic for nearly a year and they need just as much help as anyone else.

Undocumented immigrants contribute taxes which are being used to fund this relief, and many work on the frontlines fighting this pandemic. They deserve access to relief, but more than that they deserve our humanity.

We’re incredibly disappointed that Michigan’s Democratic Senators voted with Republicans to withhold this relief and urge them to reconsider their position and apologize to the communities who will be harmed by their decision.”

Update on Michigan’s vaccine prioritization for food and ag workers. Farm workers now among first to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Feb. 15: On Monday Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced a revision to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine prioritization guidance that gives food processing and agricultural workers access to vaccines starting March 1, 2021. There are an estimated 79,000 workers in food processing and agricultural settings across Michigan. Food processing and agricultural workers, designated to Phase 1B Group C, previously would not have been eligible for vaccines until May 2021. The change in the prioritization schedule comes after pressure from advocates and community health experts. The UFW Foundation, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), Progress Michigan, and Farmworker Legal Services (FLS) applaud the latest move by the state of Michigan.


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