Senior Policy Analyst
Even before COVID-19 and the deep recession, Virginia had taken steps to create a more inclusive state for people to live, work, and prosper, regardless of their immigration status. Other states are similarly removing barriers to equity, many of which make it even harder for immigrants to weather the pandemic and economic fallout. We highlight some of Virginia’s and other states’ actions below and urge states to do more.
Virginia’s advancements include:
Several other states have taken steps during the current crisis to help their residents regardless of their immigration status, thereby advancing an antiracist and equitable state response to COVID-19:
Still, state and federal policymakers need to take further steps. This crisis has made clear that states, in particular, have tremendous power to respond to this moment in equitable, antiracist ways that support all of their residents regardless of the language they speak, the color of their skin, or where they’re from.