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CHN’S COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship May 29
May 29, 2020

As the nation mourned 100,000 lives lost to the coronavirus, it was necessary to understand that there would be many thousands more deaths over the coming months, and hundreds of thousands more cases, with the numbers dependent on the ways in which reopenings are achieved. This week’s data show how much some of us have been hit harder: African Americans and the Navajo Nation, and families with children prime examples. Especially shocking: nearly one-third of those jobless because they are sick with coronavirus symptoms are going without food, or close to one-quarter of those home because they must care for their children. The Senate must join the House in enacting COVID recovery legislation similar to the House’s HEROES act.

Re-opening the U.S.: How soon is too soon? 
May 29, 2020

CHN supporter Dale Wisely of Birmingham, Alabama is worried that “the worst is yet to come” in terms of COVID-19 infections. He worries that his own state — and others — are opening up too quickly for normal activities. “Our polarization is at work,” Dale posted on Facebook. “We’re to believe we either are in the stay-closed-and-destroy-the-economy group or the open-up-and-party group. We could have opened up cautiously and effectively if more would be willing to wear masks and practice social distancing. Instead, some decided to go with conspiracy theories, to scoff at science, to whine about their individual rights, and to politicize what should have been seen as common sense,”

Under cover of COVID-19, Trump Administration accelerates deportation of immigrant children 
May 28, 2020

Under the cover of COVID-19, the Trump Administration has accelerated its practice of separating immigrant families and deporting even young children, even in the middle of the night and without their parents’ knowledge. In March and April, the latest months for which figures are available, nearly 1,000 children have been deported. The Trump Administration is callously taking advantage of a 1944 law that grants the president broad power to block foreigners from entering the country in order to prevent the “serious threat” of a dangerous disease.

CHN’S COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship
May 22, 2020

Joblessness is skyrocketing; families are running out of food, losing health insurance, and failing to pay rent. Congress must respond NOW! Check out CHN’s latest COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship.

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