In this unprecedented time, I encourage you to support undocumented people and their families in Arizona. I am forwarding a message from my good friend Gloria Montaño Greene from Chispa Arizona to support those who need it most.
— Forwarded Message —
I hope you and your family are staying healthy, safe, and finding at least one thing to enjoy daily.
This email is to share something Chispa Arizona helped launch this week, the Arizona Undocumented Workers Relief Fund (AUWR Fund).
As we are all aware, the COVID-19 epidemic has created significant health and economic hardships for many. Arizona families who are most in need are receiving state and federal assistance, but a significant segment of the population is cut out completely because of their immigration status.
At Chispa Arizona, we believe there is no environmental justice without social justice, so we are one of the founding organizations that are uniting to raise funds to support Arizona’s Undocumented families impacted by COVID-19.
The AUWR Fund www.azfoundation.org/
We know undocumented immigrants pay more than their fair share of taxes*, yet these working families are not eligible for unemployment benefits, disaster relief funds, Payroll Protection Programs, or any federal recovery check due to their undocumented status. The hard-working families among us are once again left in the shadows, unfairly isolated from any potential opportunity to participate in what every working family should be eligible to receive.
Chispa Arizona is committed to fight the injustice of the treatment of our immigrant families. We will work to change our state and country so that they acknowledge the essential contribution these workers make in our communities every day. In the immediate need, these hard-working Arizonans need our help now.
If you are able to contribute $25, $50, $100 or more to the Arizona Undocumented Workers Relief Fund. Click here.
Thank you for your support of our undocumented community. Our state cannot and will not fully recover from this challenge if we leave this essential community behind.
*There are approximately 230,000 undocumented immigrants in Arizona. Those families throughout our state and nation pay significant amounts in taxes to local, state, and federal governments. Each year, the IRS estimates that about 6 million undocumented immigrants who serve our friends, neighbors, businesses and communities file individual income tax returns and other organizations believe that number is higher. According to New American Economy, annually undocumented immigrants pay more than $20 billion in federal taxes, and as reported on the 2016 Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy an estimated $11.64 billion in state and local taxes by filing tax returns with their Individual Tax Identification Numbers.
Gloria Montaño Greene
Advocacy Director, Chispa Arizona
Thanks for your attention and kind support,