A survey of Latinx immigrants within the U.S. detailed the disproportionate financial misery and loss the group has confronted all through the COVID-19 pandemic.
A report launched Thursday by the Center for Popular Democracy detailed survey results from conversations with 900 immigrants from April via November 2020 throughout six states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Nevada. The overwhelming majority of these surveyed had been Latinx and 400 of them had been undocumented.
Two-thirds of the Latinx immigrants surveyed had confronted unemployment in some unspecified time in the future final 12 months amid the pandemic. Only 1 in 10 acquired unemployment insurance coverage and solely 37% obtained federal stimulus checks. Three-quarters of these surveyed had been frightened about not making hire.
As a lethal virus unfold all through the nation, greater than half of these surveyed didn’t have medical health insurance — with that quantity climbing to 88% for undocumented individuals.
An alarming 44% of Latinx immigrants reported being sick themselves or having a cherished one sick with COVID-19. In some states, 1 in 6 Latinx immigrants surveyed had misplaced a member of the family to the virus.
One unnamed Connecticut employee stated within the report that their hours had been lowered as a result of pandemic: “I have to go get food at a pantry so that we can have something to eat at home.”
Latinx immigrants make up significant portions of the front-line workers deemed “essential” — from grocery retailer and farmworkers to constructing cleaners — who’re nonetheless going to work, risking their lives whereas tens of millions of Americans keep dwelling.
Meanwhile, undocumented staff are additionally overrepresented in fields which have seen huge layoffs resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, together with the restaurant and lodge industries.
The U.S. hit the horrific milestone this week of half one million individuals dying from the virus. Latinx individuals have been disproportionately affected: They are 3 times as more likely to be hospitalized as white, non-Latinx individuals within the U.S., and twice as likely to die.
Thursday’s survey findings echo comparable experiences from different teams all through the pandemic: A survey by the National Domestic Workers Alliance late final 12 months discovered that over one-third of home cleaners throughout the U.S. nonetheless had no work as of September — 4 instances the speed reported earlier than COVID-19.
As Congress negotiates over a brand new coronavirus aid bundle, Democratic lawmakers have been preventing to incorporate undocumented immigrants amongst these eligible to obtain federal stimulus checks after they had been omitted of the final two rounds.
Some Democratic lawmakers have additionally been pushing to fast-track undocumented important staff for U.S. citizenship: “These are people who feed us, clean our homes and hospitals and offices … and they do all this while living in fear of deportation, exploitation and now of this pandemic,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) stated final month.
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