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Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund was set up to support undocumented immigrants. All of us are being impacted by COVID-19, but many people in Washington aren’t eligible for federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance because of immigration status. Now, they can apply for a one-time direct payment of $1,000, up to $3,000 per household.

In Washington State, immigrants have always been neighbors and essential workers. They help keep the economy strong, contribute to our communities, and care for our families.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrant families have been at the highest risk for getting the virus, losing work, or needing to support family members in new ways. The federal government intentionally left millions of people out of much-needed financial support, based on immigration status.

All of us who call Washington home deserve support to make it through this time. That’s why immigrant-led organizations partnered with the Governor’s office to establish the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund. This year, they will distribute $40 million in CARES Act funds allocated to Washington to support immigrants in Washington who are ineligible for other federal funds or unemployment insurance due to their immigration status.

Who Can Apply, and How

People in need of this assistance can apply to receive a $1,000 one-time direct payment (up to $3,000 per household). Your information will never be voluntarily shared with the government or ICE, and the public charge rule should not apply for this fund. You can get help with your application in multiple languages.

Apply for the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

To apply for the relief fund, you must:

  • Be a Washington resident
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been been significantly affected by the pandemic (such as losing work, being infected by the virus, or caring for a family member who was infected)
  • Not be eligible to receive federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance because of immigration status

The last day to apply is December 6th.

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis since the total fund is limited. Applications will be prioritized by those in greatest need.

Please share this information broadly. Together, we can be neighbors taking care of neighbors.

Prior Posts on Related Topics

NPR: DACA Recipient Sues U.S. Government After He Is Detained By Immigration Authorities

“My hope is that ICE and federal government say the truth, which is that a mistake was made here,” – Mark Rosenbaum, attorney for Mr. Ramirez

A 23-year-old man who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents in Seattle on Feb. 10 says his constitutional rights have been violated, and he is suing the U.S. government for his release.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, who is currently being held by immigration authorities in Tacoma, Wash., is registered with the U.S. government under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

His appears to be the first arrest by ICE of a DACA recipient. 

According to court documents, Ramirez was born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. when he was about 7 years old.

In 2014, Ramirez was approved to stay in the U.S. under DACA. He paid a fee to register with the government, underwent an extensive background check and was granted a work permit.

On May 5, 2016, his DACA status was renewed a second time. The renewal stated, “Unless terminated, this decision to defer removal action will remain in effect for 2 years from the date of this notice.”

Ramirez’s lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, of which ICE is a part, was filed on Monday. The complaint alleges Ramirez was asleep at his father’s home in Seattle when agents arrived with an arrest warrant for the father.

From the complaint:

“Following his arrest, Mr. Ramirez’s father granted the ICE officers permission to enter his home so that he could inform his two sons about his arrest. When the ICE agents entered the home, they asked Mr. Ramirez, ‘Are you legally here?’ Mr. Ramirez replied, ‘Yes, I have a work permit.’ On the recommendation of his brother (a DACA recipient who was also then present), Mr. Ramirez declined to answer additional questions at that time.” …

“The ICE agents then took Mr. Ramirez to a processing center in Seattle, Washington. When he again informed them about his work permit, one of the ICE agents stated: ‘It doesn’t matter, because you weren’t born in this country.’ At this point, the ICE agents had Mr. Ramirez’s wallet, which contained his work permit, which clearly identified him as a DACA recipient with a ‘C-33’ code, which reflects a work authorization issued pursuant to DACA. Despite this fact, Mr. Ramirez was questioned further, fingerprinted, booked, and taken to a detention center in Tacoma, Washington.”