Faced with Covid-19, the JCWI argue, the Government should have done everything in its power to ensure everyone had support. Everyone needs a way to earn a living, access to the public safety net if they need it, safe accommodation, and access to vaccines and the NHS.
The letter highlights how Hostile Environment policies cut undocumented migrants off from these basic rights. Because they didn’t have the right piece of paper in their passport, people without status were left destitute, homeless, and afraid or unable to get help during the pandemic.
JCWI, along with other groups including racial justice organisations, doctors’ unions and faith groups, has written to the Chair of the Covid-19 inquiry.