Time Tracking of Immigration Responses to the China Virus Crisis

23 April 2020
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FAIR has a page that tracks immigration-related responses to the China Coronavirus crisis. Here are selected entries from the page:

April 21, 2020
The Department of Education issued new guidance barring illegal alien college students, including DACA students, from receiving emergency federal cash assistance for expenses like food, child care, and housing. Secretary Betsy DeVos justified that this clarification is needed because the CARES Act is meant to only benefit American citizens and legal immigrants. 
EOIR - our country's immigration court system - announces the postponement of all "non-detained" cases until May 15. This affects all aliens with pending cases who are not currently in immigration detention, including many of those with asylum claims.
April 20, 2020
 In a late-night tweet, President Trump announces that he'll issue an executive order temporarily suspending all immigration to the United States. 
 DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announces that the United States, Canada, and Mexico agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for 30 additional days. This extends earlier bans on all non-essential travel, mainly tourists and short-term visitors.
April 16, 2020
DHS publishes a proposed rule that will allow H-2A agricultural farmworkers to remain in the United States for more than 3 years. Previously, H-2A workers had to return to their home country for 3 or more months before returning to the United States. 
California Governor Gavin Newsome announces a statewide program giving illegal aliens access to $125 million in unemployment insurance.