A survey of Latinx immigrants within the U.S. detailed the disproportionate financial misery and loss the neighborhood has confronted all through the COVID-19 pandemic.
A report launched Thursday the Middle for In style Democracy detailed survey outcomes from conversations with 900 immigrants from April 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 sooner or later final yr amid the pandemic. Only one in 10 obtained unemployment insurance coverage and solely 37% received federal stimulus checks. Three-quarters of these surveyed had been frightened about not making lease.
As a lethal virus unfold all through the nation, greater than half of these surveyed didn’t have medical insurance — with that quantity climbing to 88% for undocumented individuals.
An alarming 44% of Latinx immigrants reported being sick themselves or having a liked 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’ve to go get meals at a pantry in order that we are able to have one thing to eat at house.”
Latinx immigrants make up vital parts of the front-line staff deemed “important” — from grocery retailer and farmworkers to constructing cleaners — who’re nonetheless going to work, risking their lives whereas hundreds of thousands of People keep house.
In the meantime, undocumented staff are additionally overrepresented in fields which have seen large layoffs on account of COVID-19 restrictions, together with the restaurant and lodge industries.
The U.S. hit the horrific milestone this week of half 1,000,000 individuals dying from the virus. Latinx individuals have been disproportionately affected: They’re 3 times as prone to be hospitalized as white, non-Latinx individuals within the U.S., and twice as prone to die.
Thursday’s survey findings echo related reviews from different teams all through the pandemic: A survey the Nationwide Home Employees Alliance late final yr discovered that over one-third of home cleaners throughout the U.S. nonetheless had no work as of September — 4 occasions the speed reported earlier than COVID-19.
As Congress negotiates over a brand new coronavirus reduction bundle, Democratic lawmakers have been combating to incorporate undocumented immigrants amongst these eligible to obtain federal stimulus checks after they had been unnoticed of the final two rounds.
Some Democratic lawmakers have additionally been pushing to fast-track undocumented important staff for U.S. citizenship: “These are individuals who feed us, clear our houses and hospitals and places of work … they usually do all this whereas residing in concern of deportation, exploitation and now of this pandemic,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) stated final month.
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