Legislative Relief Packages
- For up-to-date information and resources regarding legislative initiatives, including USCCB’s Migration-Related Requests for COVID-19 Package 4, visit Justice for Immigrants’ webpage.
- ARPA: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021, and provides additional COVID relief for mixed immigration status families. Individuals who earn $75,000 or less — and couples who earn $150,000 or less — receive the full amount of $1,400 per person, as will each of their qualified dependents regardless of age. Payments to individuals with incomes over $75,000 will be reduced until they disappear entirely at $80,000. ($160,000 for couples).
- Appropriations Act: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 was signed by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020, and provides COVID relief for mixed immigration status families. The Act provides stimulus checks to over 3 million U.S. citizens who were previously deemed ineligible for relief due to their relationship with a non-citizen parent or spouse. The bill allows the new stimulus funding of $600 per citizen adult and child while also allowing families to seek funds from the initial round of payments. For more information about this effort, please see USCCB’s COVID resources.
- CARES Act: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability, or CARES Act, is a $2.2 trillion economic recovery act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020.
- Catholic Charities USA has prepared a summary of the CARES Act outlining the benefits this relief can offer, including for nonprofit agencies.
- JFI summary of Migration-Related Policies on CARES Act
- Congressional Research Service’s Legal Sidebar, Recover Rebates and Unemployment Compensation under the CARES Act: Immigration-Related Eligibility Criteria
- National Immigration Resource Center, or NILC, has prepared a summary on the impact of COVID-19 relief bills on the immigrant community.
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