Short Summary of the COVID-19 Stimulus and Supplemental Funding Bill: CARES Act

Publication date: 
March 2020
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A two-page initial analysis of the coronavirus legislative stimulus package.


The final stimulus and supplemental funding bilI provides some critical unemployment assistance and funding for medical care but much of the additional coverage and funds for testing and treatment of the virus, and to cushion the economic blow, will not be available to millions of immigrants and their families. The result will be that many immigrants will be forced to work to provide for their families because they are ineligible for the assistance provided to others and even when sick they will also disproportionately go untested and untreated.