The House of Representatives has passed a sweeping $3 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package that contains among its many provisions several that would provide relief to immigrants and other migrants in the United States who have been negatively impacted by the disease. The House-passed measure constitutes a reversal of fortunes for immigrant advocates compared to previously enacted COVID-19 bills that ignored the needs of immigrants. However, at best, the House-passed measure and its immigration provisions face a difficult future in the Senate and a veto threat from the White House.
As passed by the House H.R. 6800 contains provisions providing for the issuance of stimulus payments to households that include unauthorized migrants; extensions of status for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries; extensions of expired and expiring employment authorization documents (EADs); roll-over of unused visas into future years; relief from detention for certain immigration detainees; heightened detention standards for immigration detainees; eased immigrant and nonimmigrant pathways for foreign-born medical professionals; access to COVID-19 testing and treatment without regard to immigration status; and remote naturalization oath.