Center for American Progress

EVENT ADVISORY: ‘We Are Essential’: Immigrants and the Path Toward a Resilient Economy
Press Advisory

EVENT ADVISORY: ‘We Are Essential’: Immigrants and the Path Toward a Resilient Economy

Washington, D.C. — Across the United States, Americans are facing the continued harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. Among the people bearing the brunt of these twin crises are the 10.4 million undocumented immigrants for whom the United States has long been home. Immigrants have not only been on the front lines as essential workers helping keep the country running during these difficult times—a role they will continue to play as the fight to control the virus continues—but they will also play a pivotal role in supporting the nation’s rebuilding and economic recovery efforts. According to a new estimate from the Center for American Progress, 5 million undocumented immigrants—nearly 3 in 4 of all undocumented workers—are part of America’s essential workforce, risking their own health and safety as well as that of their loved ones to perform vital work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please join the Center for American Progress for this timely and forward-looking discussion on the important role of immigrants in building a dynamic and resilient economy for all and the urgent need for a path to permanent legal status.


Introductory remarks:
Mara Rudman, Executive Vice President, Policy, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
Secretary Julián Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Tom Jawetz, Vice President, Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress

Mary Kay Henry, International President, Service Employees International Union
Guerline M. Jozef, President, Haitian Bridge Alliance
Ai-jen Poo, Co-Founder and Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Vicente Reyes, Dreamer, Farmworker, and Student Member, UFW Foundation


Wednesday, December 2, 2020
11:00 a.m. ET – 12:00 p.m. ET


Please click here to register for this event.

If you have questions for our panel, please submit them on Twitter using the hashtag #ImmigrantsAreEssential or via email to [email protected].

For more information, please contact Claudia Montecinos at [email protected].