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New York creates fund for undocumented workers

Apr 12, 2021
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected many groups, including undocumented immigrants. Lawmakers want them to be compensated.
Many jobs often done by undocumented immigrants, such as construction and food service, were cut back during the pandemic.
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How roadmap to citizenship would affect unauthorized immigrants and the economy

Feb 18, 2021
New immigration bill would reform family-based immigration and visa programs and provide protections from exploitation.
The new immigration bill includes protections for immigrant workers against exploitation. Above, marchers calling for economic relief and immigration reform in New York City in January.
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Undocumented workers who lost restaurant jobs struggle to get relief

Feb 18, 2021
We hear from one line cook who lost his job when the pandemic hit and has since been unable to find another restaurant job.
Perhaps no group is more in need than restaurant workers. Many of them are undocumented, and were left out of CARES Act relief.
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With no federal aid, undocumented immigrants look to states, philanthropy for support

May 1, 2020
California will start taking applications in May for cash benefits.
Even though undocumented workers pay taxes, they're not eligible for federal public benefits.
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Day laborers in Southern California struggle as work dries up due to COVID-19

Apr 24, 2020
Some workers are organizing to hand out food and supplies to members of their community in crisis.
This sign encourages potential employers and workers to congregate at the Pasadena Community Job Center, run by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. But the Center closed in March.
Paulina Velasco

The economic impact of low college enrollment by undocumented students

Jul 11, 2019
Nearly 100,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the U.S. each year. Only a fraction enroll in college.
This student, an undocumented immigrant in San Jose, California, is heading off to college. Counselors say other students without legal status see no reason to go on to higher education because their job opportunities are limited.
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For one immigrant who returned to Mexico, a long road to opportunity

Mar 20, 2019
In 2010, shortly after Arizona had passed the controversial immigration law known as Senate Bill 1070, Jessica Gonzalez was riding a bus through downtown Phoenix when it passed a crowds of protesters and counter-protesters. Gonzalez remembers being the only person with brown skin on the bus. When the protesters spotted her through the window, she […]
Jessica Gonzalez, an immigrant who grew up in Arizona, returned to Mexico after the signing of sweeping immigration law known as SB 1070.
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With the closing of controversial Southwest Key shelters, an Arizona school district faces cuts

Nov 19, 2018
One shelter was shut down over abuse allegations, while another faces closure due to a legal dispute with the State of Arizona.
An English instruction sheet lies on a student's desk during a class for children caught trying to enter the United States illegally at the Southwest Key compound in Lakeside, California. One shelter in Phoenix, Arizona has been shut down over abuse allegations, while another faces closure over a legal dispute.
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