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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:31 (NIV)

“As people of faith and common sense we know that everyone must be included in the protections and support provided by the CARES Act if we are to slow the spread of coronavirus and revive our economy. Now more than ever our fates are tied together. The legislation passed by the Senate last night is wrong and imprudent to exclude immigrant and mixed-status families from stimulus payments. Everyone, especially the most vulnerable, need to be protected.

All workers who pay federal taxes must be eligible for rebates, including those who pay federal taxes with ITIN numbers provided by the IRS. We all have a stake in making sure Immigrant workers across hues, countries of origin and language, who are on the front line of producing and distributing food and caring for the sick, elderly and disabled are able to stay safe. 

We applaud the progress that was made this week to refocus the CARES Act on hospitals and working people, but our work is not finished until everyone belongs to a society that honors their dignity, humanity, culture, language, religion and labor. So we ask the House to do the right and wise thing by amending the legislation to include immigrant families.” – Rev. Alvin Herring, executive director of Faith in Action.

 

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