The Jesuit Refugee Service put out a call on 7 May 2020: #StatusForAll:
Status for All
We have written to the Prime Minister asking that the government grant a period of “Leave to Remain” to everyone with insecure immigration status. We are joined by over 30 front-line facing organisations working with asylum seekers, refugees, and those with irregular immigration status.
A period of ‘leave to remain’ is the most effective way of ensuring people can access support they need during this crisis, such as accommodation and healthcare, and thereby protecting society as a whole.
This is similar to the the Status Now call of 28 March 2020:
RE: ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE, HOUSING AND FOOD FOR ALL We call upon the British and Irish States to act immediately so that all undocumented, destitute and migrant people in the legal process in both the UK and Ireland are granted Status Now, as in Leave to Remain. In this way every human, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship can access healthcare, housing, food and the same sources of income from the State as everyone else. Everyone has the right to be in an environment where they can follow the Public Health directives necessary to limit COVID19 viral transmission to the absolute minimum and to care for themselves, their loved ones and their living and working communities.It is imperative – being in everyone’s best interests – that the basic needs of all are met. People living in extreme poverty and/or destitution and/or without immigration status in the UK or Ireland and/or without access to the NHS or the Irish Health System: • Are unable to socially isolate as needed
• Cannot access health care, and income and other social support
• Cannot contribute openly and without fear, to making the population as safe as possible, alongside everyone else.