For Immediate Release  

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Contact: Press@vacir.org

Upcoming Executive Order Forgets How Essential All Immigrants Are

Arlington, Va. — Last night, President Trump tweeted his intent to suspend immigration due to COVID-19. Reports indicate that an executive order will be announced today.

Monica Sarmiento, Executive Director of the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights releases the following statement:

“At a time where there is already suspended travel in other countries, the executive order would not mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The executive order would be insulting to hard working immigrants and their contributions to our communities. 

The United States is dependent on both documented and undocumented immigrants. Immigrant workers are making sure there is food on the table, researching cures, taking care of people in hospitals and keeping facilities clean. 

No person should be singled out when the pandemic has already spread. We need to focus on putting forth policies that protect people’s health and safety while promoting economic stability for families who are unable to access unemployment benefits.

Immigration is essential to keeping the United States functioning and safe. Halting immigration is detrimental to the safety and well being of all Americans.

Information about Virginia’s Immigrant Community: 

  • Virginia’s immigrants pay over $256 million in taxes 
  • 6,700 TPS Holders and 2,700 DACA Recipients are essential workers during COVID-19
  • As of 2014, there are over 269,000 Undocumented Immigrants in Virginia.
  • 3.5 % of Virginia’s Population is Undocumented.

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Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is a multi-racial and multi-ethnic coalition of organizations that exists to win dignity, power and quality of life for all immigrant and refugee communities.