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PRINTER'S NO. 3642
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
854
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY KENYATTA, BURGOS, FIEDLER, KINSEY, SANCHEZ,
INNAMORATO, HOHENSTEIN, SCHWEYER, SCHLOSSBERG, YOUNGBLOOD,
LEE, ISAACSON, GREEN, FRANKEL, MADDEN AND GAINEY,
APRIL 27, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, APRIL 27, 2020
A RESOLUTION
Urging the Congress of the United States to include undocumented
residents in all future COVID-19 stimulus and recovery plans.
WHEREAS, The current COVID-19 pandemic has had an
unprecedented impact on the United States, leading to the deaths
of over 28,500 people; and
WHEREAS, The financial impact of the pandemic has led to the
unemployment of millions of Americans; and
WHEREAS, The burden of job loss on undocumented residents and
their families continues to worsen even as economic aid and
recovery efforts are put into place; and
WHEREAS, Undocumented residents have proven time and time
again that they make important contributions to the economy and
our nation; and
WHEREAS, The country depends on the contribution and labor of
undocumented residents, many who work in industries, such as
construction and food service, that are essential to our
prosperity and growth as a nation; and
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WHEREAS, Undocumented residents cannot access unemployment
benefits and will not be receiving stimulus checks, even though
they are one of the groups at high risk of financial insecurity
due to COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, California was the first and only state that has
pledged to provide undocumented residents with financial
assistance checks and resources; and
WHEREAS, Undocumented residents contributed $13 billion into
Social Security funds and $3 billion to Medicare in 2016, but
are not eligible for Social Security benefits; and
WHEREAS, Undocumented residents pay an average of $11.64
billion in state and local taxes per year, with about 8% of
their income going to taxes; and
WHEREAS, Many undocumented residents are living in fear of
the continued impact COVID-19 will have on their families;
therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania urge the United States Congress to include
undocumented residents in future COVID-19 stimulus packages and
recovery plans; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the General Assembly recognize that the lack
of Federal support for undocumented residents and their families
during this pandemic will have a lasting impact on our nation;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That the General Assembly recognize and support the
undocumented resident population's concerns during this trying
time; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to
the presiding officers of each house of Congress and to the
members of Congress from Pennsylvania.
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