Rep. Ilhan Omar made multiple suggestions for the US to adopt amid the coronavirus pandemic — including one that she claims may be “a radical idea.”
“We need to release ICE detainees, people held on bail, and anyone qualifies for work release,” Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
The Minnesota progressive suggested that the US needs “a moratorium on incarcerating people who are low risk to others,” as well as an “increase in medical staff in prison and jails” as the virus causes a national crisis and economic catastrophe.
“Incarcerated individuals deserve our humanity too,” Omar argued in her tweet.
Later that night, Omar tweeted out another suggestion, one which she recognized could be considered “radical.”
“Here is maybe a radical idea to deal with some of the pressures our healthcare system is facing: All private hospitals should be made public for the duration of the virus,” she wrote in a Tuesday evening tweet.
Omar, who supports Medicare-for-all, did not elaborate on how her ideas would be implemented, including how all privately owned hospitals would be taken over by the federal government without legal challenge.
On Tuesday, Omar authored a letter to House leadership calling for protections for refugees, immigrants and those seeking asylum to be included in any future coronavirus legislation.
“We request an additional $350 million in Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) funds for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) within the State Department, as well as an additional $462 million in Refugee and Entrant Assistance (REA) funds for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Dep’t of Health and Human Services (HHS) for resettlement services,” Omar wrote.
“This funding is critical to ensuring that recent refugee and special immigrant arrivals receive direct assistance, such as cash and medical assistance, housing/rent, utilities, transportation, food, and health needs unavailable through normally operating public channels,” she continued.
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