A chorus of Democrats are now blaming the high death rates from coronavirus among African Americans and Latinos on ‘structural racism.’
As unemployment spikes around the country and cars line up by the thousands at food banks, Democratic mayors and governors are busy allocating precious financial resources to illegals.
Democrats continue to shelter vast and unaccountable numbers of illegal residents in their cities while hospitals and social services are buckling under the strain of the pandemic.
Many sanctuary cities have been declared in areas with high minority populations, like New York, Oakland and Chicago. U.S. citizens in these communities are being underserved at a time when they are desperately in need of healthcare and basic necessities as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
A recent AP analysis found that of the 3,300 COVID-19 victims whose demographic data was publicly shared by officials, about 42% were black. They accounted for roughly 21% of the total population in the areas covered by the analysis.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has joined Democratic congressional members Ayanna Pressley, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies to release more COVID-19 racial data.
Biden said in a Thursday Medium post, data on income, would also help to allocate resources to communities in need. He also referenced the number of infections and deaths among ‘Navajo Nation,’ and highlighted the impact the virus could have on Indian Country.
‘Unsurprisingly, it’s also amplifying the structural racism that is built into so much of our daily lives, our institutions, our laws, and our communities,’ Biden wrote. ‘It’s unconscionable, and it shouldn’t be the case in the United States of America in the 21st Century.’
Cities with high minority populations like Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans and Milwaukee have been hit hard by coronavirus. In Chicago, black Americans comprised 71% of COVID-19 deaths despite representing only 30% of the population.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued an executive order on Tuesday to provide relief for illegal immigrants because they won’t receive stimulus checks from the $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief package.
“This order is more than just an official decree, it is a statement of our values as a city and as Americans,” she said in a statement.
“Since COVID-19 first reached our city’s doorstep, we have been working around the clock to ensure all our residents are secure and supported, including our immigrant and refugee communities, who are among the most vulnerable to the impact of this pandemic. Here in Chicago, saying ‘we are all in this together’ means that during this crisis, no one gets left out and no one gets left behind.”
She announced that the city has implemented a housing assistance grant program to provide “disaster relief aid for the housing costs faced by individuals and families impacted” by the coronavirus.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners, “including immigrant business owners” can receive money from the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund,” which provides small businesses with disaster relief cash flow during the pandemic.
“Not all of Chicago’s residents qualify for federal stimulus checks, state unemployment insurance or other economic assistance due to their documentation status,” 22nd Ward Alderman Michael D. Rodriguez said in a statement.
“These Chicagoans are vital community members who work in various industries and help our great city to thrive every day. These Chicagoans are our family members, co-workers, neighbors and friends. I applaud the Mayor for standing with undocumented individuals and families to ensure their eligibility for any economic assistance offered by the City of Chicago during this global pandemic,” he added.
About 2 million people in California are suspected of living in the country illegally, according to the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Gov. Gavin Newsom is working with the state legislature to provide stimulus relief for illegal immigrants and other immigrants not included in the federal relief package.
Newsom said he is considering a proposal by the California Latino Legislative Caucus to create a disaster relief fund for cash payments to immigrants until they are able to return to work or until the state’s emergency declaration is lifted.
“All of that is being considered,” Newsom said.
He plans to unveil a broader package in May to include “some economic stimulus strategies at a state level, not just waiting for the federal government to do that for us.”
“Californians care deeply about undocumented residents in this state,” he said.
House Democrats have also introduced a bill that would provide federal cash assistance to illegal immigrants for coronavirus relief by giving money out according to Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) instead of Social Security number.
Reps. Lou Correa (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced the Leave No Taxpayer Behind Act “to correct an egregious error in the $2 trillion CARES Act that disqualified ITIN taxpayers from receiving federal cash assistance,” Correa said in a statement. “The Leave No Taxpayer Behind Act amends the CARES Act to ensure that all taxpayers are eligible for their $1,200 relief check.”
“I was appalled to learn hardworking, taxpaying immigrants were left out of the $2 trillion CARES Act. These taxpayers work in critical sectors of our economy, like agriculture, and contribute greatly to our country. While many of us sit at home, these hardworking immigrants are still at work in our hospitals, our fields, and countless other industries,” he said.
“The coronavirus doesn’t care about a person’s wealth, job, or immigration status. By casting out immigrants, we are placing some of our most vulnerable residents in grave danger. Every individual taxpayer, irrespective of citizenship status, needs government assistance now,” the congressman said.
Chu argued that the CARES Act was meant to help the whole economy survive, and you can’t do that by “excluding entire segments of the population.”
“This virus does not care about immigration status. It does not discriminate and neither should we. Immigrants own businesses and homes, support families, and pay rent, and contribute to their communities. Making it impossible for them to receive the same benefit we are sending to everyone else just means those immigrants will have a harder time affording food or rent, and that leaves us all worse off,” she said.
“Immigrants—regardless of their status—are taxpayers who are working in some of the most important jobs keeping our economy running during this difficult time. COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate. It impacts all communities and people of all backgrounds. Our relief programs shouldn’t discriminate against those who need help during this crisis, and this legislation ensures that immigrants with ITINs can get the economic relief they deserve,” Grijalva said in a statement.
Is importing poverty really as critical to our prosperity as Democrats claim, while the entire country is facing the unprecedented economic calamity brought on by the pandemic?