Americans Will Get Stimulus Paychecks Soon. Undocumented Workers Get Nothing.

By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman

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These same workers are often earning meager wages — 38% of immigrant workers are in low-income households — working in jobs that don’t provide access to unemployment benefits or paid sick leave. 

“Immigrants are critical to fighting back against the virus: They are caring for our children and elderly, working on the front lines of urgent medical response, providing our food. They are critical to keeping our buildings clean, putting food on our table, ensuring the rest of us are able to get through this,” said Wendy Cervantes, director of immigration at the Center for Law and Social Policy. 

“By punishing them and their families, we’re not only hurting them, we’re also hurting ourselves.”

 

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