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Inland Empire Coalition for Racial Justice

SafetyNet4All

About the campaign

The revised budget last year did not include any form of income support for undocumented Californians. This is unacceptable. Excluding 1 in 10 California workers from the basic safety net due to immigration status is completely unsustainable in a crisis of this scale. That’s why we began demanding that a weekly income replacement program for undocumented workers who have become unemployed due to COVID-19 be included in the budget last year.

California is still facing an unprecedented unemployment crisis, yet 1/10th of our workforce is undocumented and is unable to access any unemployment insurance benefits. Our undocumented community must not be left behind as our state works to keep all Californians safe and strong. We strongly support the inclusion of a weekly partial income replacement fund for undocumented workers who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The state legislators had proposed a plan to provide at least 8 weeks of income support to undocumented workers who have been left behind in this crisis. One-time payments will help families get by this week, and the Golden State stimulus helped prolong the short stability, what is true is that we need a long-term safety net for all of us to keep Californians safe and healthy. That’s why we strongly support the inclusion of a weekly partial income replacement fund for undocumented workers who have been impacted by COVID-19 in the June budget.

Research from UC Merced shows that nearly 1 in 4 pandemic job losses in California hit non-citizen immigrants, as immigrant workers are the backbone of the most impacted industries. Many of the undocumented and mixed status families we’re talking to have survived with little to no income since March and no safety net at all. We stand with the Safety Net for all Coalition, a group of 100+ organizations across the state, and call on the legislature to include a weekly partial income replacement fund for undocumented workers who have been impacted by COVID-19

This week we saw the staggering need of our community during this pandemic that isn’t being met. As the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants fund opened, websites and phone lines across the state crashed as families who have gone without work or a safety net for weeks on end rushed for a chance at the first help available to them since the outbreak of the virus before funds run out. Meeting an unprecedented unemployment crisis with a single $500 grant is like putting a band-aid on an open chest wound. Our immigrant community deserves better. That’s why we strongly support the inclusion of a weekly partial income replacement fund for undocumented workers who have been impacted by COVID-19 in the June budget.

Inland Empire Coalition for Racial Justice