7 Ways COVID Has Exacerbated Disparities and What You Can Do

Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, has recommended that Congress extend Medicaid funding for testing and treatment to undocumented people, provide cash assistance under the CARES Act to undocumented people and their U.S. citizen families, and ensure assistance received during the pandemic cannot be used against people in future determinations of eligibility for public benefits. Wallis stated, “farmworkers, who are risking their health to provide food to all of us, must be provided with protective equipment and access to paid sick leave and unemployment insurance.”

Additionally, Wallis reminded, “Ensuring an accurate nationwide count even in this nearly unprecedented crisis is critical to fair representation in Congress and adequate funding for federal programs, especially for those in poverty, people of color, and undocumented immigrants, all of whom are at risk every 10 years of being undercounted in the census.”