Coronavirus / Covid-19: Impact on Immigrants

July 2020

COVID-19 Farmworker Study

Santa Cruz — Today, the COVID-19 Farmworker Study Team announces the completion of statewide survey of more than 900 farmworkers in California, which provides unique insights into the experience of

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Three Principles to Ensure COVID-19 Recovery Information Reaches Immigrant Communities

As immigrant workers and families with low incomes across the country are disproportionately affected by the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, state and local communities are stepping in to fill the gaps left by limited federal relief efforts. Not only do these efforts need to be available and tailored to immigrant community needs, but they also must focus on creating effective outreach to immigrant audiences.

Friday, May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Highlights the Need to Support Immigrants Now and Into the Future

Immigrants have always been a vital part of the social and economic fabric of this country. They have always taken on an oversized share of the frontline work of caring for our sick, our young, and our elderly. So it may not be surprising that immigrant communities are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pandemic Steals Most from Immigrant Working Women

Researchers at the UC Merced Community and Labor Center find non-citizen women have experienced the deepest job losses. The study is an early signal of how the coronavirus recession is widening California’s economic inequities.

April 2020

Protecting the economic wellbeing of immigrants and refugees during COVID-19

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), like social service organizations across the U.S., has had to rapidly adapt to an unprecedented model of service delivery at a time when America’s most vulnerable families are being profoundly impacted by the dual impact of a public health crisis and an economic shut down.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

A Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief Bill Must Include Protections for Undocumented Immigrants

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be one of the worst economic recessions in American history, and the federal government has rightly taken preliminary steps to mitigate the harm for working-class Americans. As a result of the first three stimulus bills, some economic relief is on the horizon for the average American. Unfortunately, there has been relatively little done to provide relief to a critical yet often overlooked segment of the American labor force: undocumented immigrants

Monday, April 13, 2020

I Was Fired Because of the Coronavirus

 For the past year, I have cared for a 95-year-old woman. I went to her family’s home, watched TV with her, talked to her and gave her medication. We shared stories.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

How Does COVID-19 Impact Refugee Resettlement?

Amidst travel restrictions and other government responses to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as of March 17, 2020, temporarily suspended refugee resettlement departures—the actual travel of a refugee from their initial country of asylum to the country where they will be resettled. In addition to travel disruptions, the UNHCR cited concerns that refugees would be placed at a higher risk of contracting and transmitting the virus if they continued to travel as reasons behind their decision.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

California Philanthropy's Letter to Gov. Newsom

In a joint letter to Governor Newsom, nearly 40 philanthropic organizations, driven by our shared commitment to a just and equitable California, elevated the need to protect and support immigrant Californians and their families who are integral to our social, economic, and civic fabric. 

April 2020

Understanding the Impact of Key Provisions of COVID-19 Relief Bills on Immigrant Communities

On March 27, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 1 The CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus bill, builds on H.R. 6201, 2 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), to provide economic relief and health care options amidst the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Poultry Worker’s Death Highlights Spread of Coronavirus in Meat Plants

The coronavirus pandemic has reached the processing plants where workers typically stand elbow-to-elbow to do the low-wage work of cutting, deboning and packing the chicken and beef that Americans savor. Some plants have offered financial incentives to keep them on the job, but the virus’s swift spread is causing illness and forcing plants to close.

Monday, April 6, 2020

A Demographic Profile of DACA Recipients on the Frontlines of the Coronavirus Response

Across the country, 202,500 DACA recipients are working to protect the health and safety of Americans as the country confronts COVID-19. They are ensuring that children are still being educated; food is still being grown, packaged, cooked, shipped, and put on the shelves of grocery stores; patients are being cared for; and much more.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Essential but Exposed

Every day when Carmelita finishes her shift in the strawberry fields of California’s central coast, she sprays herself down with Lysol, takes off the handkerchief she uses to protect her face, and tucks it in a plastic bag before getting in her car. She’s the sole provider for her two young sons and can’t afford to miss a day on the job.