By: Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times

OLYMPIA, WA- Governor Jay Inslee unveiled two relief funds to provide support for Washington residents unable to access federal stimulus programs due to their immigration status, discussed Thursday, August 13 during a press conference.

On August 10, Gov. Inslee announced a $40 million Immigrant Relief Program, available to undocumented workers who would otherwise be ineligible to access funds from federal stimulus payments and unemployment benefits provided to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

“This Immigrant Relief Fund is going to help workers who are the backbone of our agricultural economy and many other parts of our economy to make sure they do not fall behind in their expenses of their families and we know there are so many ways they are impacted,” stated Inslee.

The Immigrant Relief Fund will be distributed this fall, once the state secures an entity to manage the program, said Inslee.

$3 million will additionally be made available through a Food Production Paid Leave Program for certain food production workers, allowing them to isolate if they contract the coronavirus. This fund is available to these workers regardless of their citizenship and immigration status, said Gov. Inslee.

“This is really important because we have heard about folks who have been unable or unwilling to isolate knowing they were positive because they had to feed their families,” stated Inslee. “These mechanisms are not only going to help their families but the whole community because when people don’t isolate it puts the larger community at risk.”

The paid leave program will be run through the Washington State Department of Commerce, who will reimburse businesses for the allocated sick leave to ensure workers are given the time to quarantine.

Both programs are funded through the Coronavirus Relief Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill distributed between states by the federal government.

“COVID-19 doesn’t care what your immigration status is,” Inslee said in a press release. “We must support every family affected by the virus, especially those who lack the necessary means to quarantine or isolate and prevent further spread. This is the right thing for the well-being of individuals, the health of their colleagues, and the safety of our communities.”

Erin Freeman

I graduated from Washington State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a specialization in rhetoric and professional writing. I also received a minor in political science. I joined the Lynnwood Times in February of 2020. To me, community newspapers affirm a sense of community by connecting people through the coverage of local stories and current events.

Erin Freeman has 132 posts and counting. See all posts by Erin Freeman

One thought on “Inslee announces $43 million in coronavirus relief to support immigrants

  • August 14, 2020 at 8:16 PM
    Permalink

    Filthy scumbag! String him up.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *