Children of immigrants now comprise one in four of all children in the United States. Hardworking immigrants continue to be humiliated and punished due to an unjust system that relies on and often exploits their labor. Their children, the majority of whom are U.S. citizens, are forced to suffer the long-term harmful consequences of harsh immigration policy decisions that are often politically motivated.
Children and families deserve better. We need to reverse course and help ensure that children and their families are on a path to success by advocating for policies that truly support economic security—rather than undermining our nation’s collective wellbeing and long-term success.
In both North Carolina and South Carolina, immigrant families’ daily lives are being upended by harsh immigration policies and pervasive fear. The Trump Administration has demonstrated time and again that it is indifferent to the harm its policy decisions inflict on children across the country
The Trump Administration’s attacks on immigrant families have been far-reaching, from limiting access to critical health care and nutrition programs to increased immigration enforcement that separates families. These policies, including the return of massive worksite immigration raids, have undermined the well-being of millions of children in immigrant families, the vast majority of whom are U.S. citizens.
Yesterday, Senators Marco Rubio and Thom Tillis and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart introduced bills that would provide a partial fix for the millions of families who were left out of the CARES Act stimulus payments simply because one parent in the household files their taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
The United States should prioritize the wellbeing of young children in our laws and policies. Yet the current administration has been indifferent to—and even motivated by—the harmful consequences of its immigration policy priorities for up to 7.5 million young children in immigrant families across the country.
The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak is testing our health and public health systems, our national response to an economic slowdown and potential recession, and our government’s overall capacity to respond to a crisis.