‘We live paycheck to paycheck’: Undocumented workers struggle as economy grinds to a halt

Sunday, March 29, 2020

More than 2 million undocumented workers, who do not quality for many state and federal benefits, are among the hardest hit Californians as the economy is battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress is working to provide an emergency relief fund that could benefit U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents. However, undocumented workers are not included.

Also, undocumented workers do not qualify for unemployment insurance, or for the California Earned Income Tax Credit, a cash back credit that puts money into the pockets of workers.

With non-essential businesses closed throughout California, forecasters at the UCLA Anderson School of Management predict that more than 280,000 jobs could be lost by this time next year.

Nearly one in ten California workers is undocumented, and their situation worsens by the day. 

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