The Trump administration declared farmworkers “essential” and advised them to continue working—meaning the 2.5 million U.S. farmworkers providing this food must put their health and safety on the line to keep Americans fed throughout this pandemic.
Today, approximately 35,000 of my fellow adoptees are living without citizenship. The thought of being banished to the country who abandoned me as an infant—without familiar language, livelihood or loved ones—is almost incomprehensible.
Healthcare professionals—like so many other immigrant groups—face incredible visa restrictions, but all that could be easily relaxed to enable their desperately needed help in the COVID-19 battle.
As countries shut down their borders and order lockdowns in our homes, we are all absorbing the message that survival depends on distance. But survival also depends on kindness, compassion and taking care of each other. There are ways to keep safe without abandoning our international obligations or our humanity.
The coronavirus doesn’t need a visa to enter our country, jails, hospitals, schools or neighborhoods. We put our community’s health at risk if we don’t create safe areas for those who are sick to come forward and get treatment and if we don’t institute smart and effective means of monitoring all who enter the U.S.—regardless of immigration status.
The Canyon Nest, a school 30 minutes from the U.S. / Mexico border, will soon provide education for children of families waiting in Tijuana while seeking refuge in the United States.
Immigrants and refugees often do not have access to local news—and central Ohio teen Saideepika Rayala created a solution.
The Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles Immigrant Rights Network, a coalition of organizations committed to the education, mobilization and protection of immigrants in Boyle Heights; and Promesa Boyle Heights, a collective of residents, young people, schools and community organizations in the neighborhood, are standing firm in their fight for immigrant justice.
At the March for Life today, so-called “pro-life” activists will undoubtedly celebrate the strides that have been made by the Trump administration on behalf of their anti-abortion cause. But if the movement is truly driven by the value of respecting the dignity of and preserving human life, they should reconsider celebrating Trump as their champion.
Consular officials now have the authority to deny a visitor visa to any pregnant women if they have reason to believe that she intends to travel to the U.S. for the “primary purpose” of giving birth.