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    No work, no stimulus check add anxiety for undocumented immigrant laborers

    No work, no stimulus check add anxiety for undocumented immigrant laborers


    Monsy Alvarado, NorthJersey.com
    USA TODAY April 7, 2020, 5:00 AM EDT



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    No work, no stimulus check add anxiety for undocumented immigrant laborers Lorena Duarte of Palisades Park, New Jersey, hasn't cleaned houses in more than two weeks. She's afraid to go to work and bring the COVID-19 virus home to a daughter who had a lung operation a few years ago.


    Javier Martinez of Kearny, New Jersey, said all his landscaping jobs have dried up. He's searched for other work but hasn't been successful.


    "The clients that give us work, they have closed their businesses and stopped their projects, and they left us up in the air,'' Martinez said. "There is no work, and we have rent coming up."



    The $2 trillion stimulus package passed last month was intended to help displaced workers stay afloat as the coronavirus shuts down the economy. For immigrant laborers such as Duarte and Martinez, there'll be little financial relief coming from the government.









    Day laborers negotiate work in Palisades Park, New Jersey, on July 16, 2019.


    They're among the estimated 10.7 million undocumented immigrants in the USA who are ineligible for emergency federal benefits or state unemployment insurance because they don't have valid work authorization.


    That's left an extra layer of anxiety for immigrants without legal status who have lost their jobs or seen work hours reduced amid the statewide shutdown of "nonessential" businesses. Many turned to local organizations for help to put food on the table and pay other expenses.







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    "Right now, we have more than 200 people who have submitted a form that said they need support with food, with medication and wondering if they can be tested for the coronavirus,'' said Haydi Torres, a community organizer for Movimiento Cosecha, which connects immigrants with relief groups. "Right now, we are just calling people to see who is doing what and what gap we see in the community and try to fill those."


    The rescue package approved by Congress and the White House provides payments of up to $1,200 per person and $600 a week in additional unemployment benefits beyond what states pay. The emergency checks will go only to those with valid Social Security numbers and unemployment to people with valid work status – either U.S. citizens or those with green cards or work visas.


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    The legislation does make free coronavirus testing available to immigrants, either through federally funded community health clinics or Medicaid programs open to green-card holders.


    Some immigrant advocates lobby for the undocumented to be included by allowing payments to those who file taxes using individual tax identification numbers, which are often used by workers without legal immigration status.


    "They should include at least the individual taxpayers,'' said Diana Mejia, founder of the Wind of the Spirit, an organization that helps immigrants in New Jersey's Morris County. "They are paying taxes."


    Filers who use ITINs contribute about $11.74 billion in state and local taxes each year, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a Washington think tank.


    Critics said those who work illegally get benefits and services for those taxes, including free public education for their children as well as garbage pickup and police and fire protection.


    "You have an obligation to pay your taxes, and that doesn't buy you into American society as a full-fledged member,'' said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors restricting immigration.


    "Everybody empathizes with people losing their jobs, but these are jobs that they knew they were holding illegally in the first place, so we don't need to feel obligated to compensate people for losing jobs that they illegally held in the first place."


    Almost 8 million unauthorized workers were employed in the USA in 2016, about 4.8% of the nation's labor force, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.


    The pandemic has hit hard at many industries where undocumented Hispanics work, including restaurants, food delivery, construction and cleaning, said Ana Flores, director of education for the nonprofit Qualitas of Life Foundation, based in New York.


    "Besides being worried for their health, they are also very concerned about their economic situation," said Flores, whose organization compiled guides in Spanish on where immigrants can access food and other help in the region.


    At home, worrying


    Duarte, 38, who was born in Guatemala, said she stopped cleaning houses the day she found out her five children, ranging from 4 to 14 years old, would have to stay at home from school.










    Lorena Duarte and Walfre Corado of Palisades Park, N.J., who have five children, haven't worked for more than two weeks because of COVID-19, and they worry how they will pay bills. "How could I expose them if I go to work?'' she said. "I don't know where the homeowners I work for have been, and if they get it, then I could easily catch it being in their homes."


    The first week, it was her choice to stay home, she said, but the following week, the homeowners she worked for canceled after shutdowns went into effect. Duarte said she would normally make $300 to $400 a week cleaning houses.


    Duarte's partner, Walfre Corado, works as a painter at construction sites. He stopped working around the same time, also afraid of bringing the virus home. One of the couple's daughters had lung surgery three years ago and is susceptible to bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses, Duarte said.


    The couple have not left their home, but as each day passes, they worry more about how they will pay the $1,200 rent for the house they share with her sister's family. Her sister's husband lost his job, Duarte said.


    "We still need to pay electricity, food, and this is not going to end,'' she said. "The work may stop, but the bills don't stop."


    Martinez, 50, said he has worked in landscaping for years and would get paid about $120 a day, some weeks working six days. Normally, when there's no landscaping jobs, he can paint and do other handy work. Even though construction has been deemed an essential work that can continue in New Jersey, Martinez said he's had no luck.


    "The work has gotten difficult,'' he lamented.









    Geisel Gebara, who has two sons, has not been able to work since New Jersey began statewide lockdown of nonessential businesses to stop the spread of COVID-19.


    Martinez's partner and mother of his children, Geisel Gebara, would get paid about $300 a week taking care of a few of her friends' children at home. The friends have also stopped working, so that income has evaporated, Martinez said.


    Martinez came to the USA from El Salvador in 2005 and said he hasn't been able to adjust his immigration status. He said he talked to attorneys, but the cost is prohibitive.


    This week, he and Gebara ventured out to Newark to see if they could get food donations at a church, but the site was closed. Martinez said he planned to try again.


    "I have two boys, and you know children indoors, you spend more, too, because they are eating more,'' he said. "We never expected this to happen."




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    Not one dime for these illegal aliens. They take way more than they will EVER pay in taxes.

    DO NOT REWARD THESE CRIMINAL TRESPASSING LINE JUMPERS!

    She needs to take her FIVE children, along with all their baby daddies, and self deport. Notice they are all called their "partners" and not their "husband"? So they can GAME our system and get on the free stuff. Cut them off, and those kids are NOT U.S. citizens!

    Who paid for those FIVE child births at $30 GRAND hospital bill and their school costs at over $12 GRAND a year for each of them? Certainly not this woman who clean houses and is her illegally!

    Go after these people who hire them to clean their house and mow their lawns. Clean your own damn house or use a legal professional service to do it who are paying paychecks and taxes.
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    Chicago Mayor Signs Executive Order to Ensure Illegal Immigrants Can Access Coronavirus Relief Funds




    Mairead McArdle
    National Review April 7, 2020, 4:00 PM EDT











    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued an executive order Tuesday to ensure that illegal immigrants and refugees in the city are able to access the city’s coronavirus relief benefits.


    “This order is more than just an official decree, it is a statement of our values as a city and as Americans,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “Since COVID-19 first reached our city’s doorstep, we have been working around the clock to ensure all our residents are secure and supported, including our immigrant and refugee communities, who are among the most vulnerable to the impact of this pandemic.”


    “Here in Chicago, saying ‘we are all in this together’ means that during this crisis, no one gets left out and no one gets left behind,” she said.


    Undocumented immigrants do not meet the criteria for state unemployment insurance or the stimulus checks the federal government is sending out to every American as part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Congress passed.


    However, non-citizen residents will be able to receive benefits through Chicago’s Housing Assistance Grant program, learning resources through Chicago public schools, and will have access to the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund.


    Up to 280,000 undocumented immigrants worked in Illinois in 2018, most of them in the Chicago area, according to a WBEZ analysis of census data.


    Illinois reported 73 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, the state’s highest number of deaths from the virus in a single day, as the total number of cases in the state passed 13,500.


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    Lori Lightfoot needs to be prosecuted for embezzlement and misappropriation of taxpayer dollars AWARDING illegal aliens, who are not our citizens, our tax dollars.

    Where is A.G. Barr! Get on the phone with this woman. She is NOT above our Federal Immigration & Visa Laws.

    She is aiding and abetting these illegal aliens with monetary rewards, money she has no right to give. She needs to be removed from office and these illegals need to self deport.

    Any empoyer who hires them back should be prosecuted with the full extent of the law and maximum fines.
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    Call all members of Congress in your state and adjacent states to leave the following message at their DC offices. (Contact Info HERE)
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    "No Coronavirus stimulus money for illegal aliens! Stop Rep. Correa's 'No Taxpayer Left Behind Act' (HR 6437/6438 ). It is a violation of federal law to encourage or aid anyone to enter or remain in the US illegally. Illegal immigrants should be told and required to return home to their home nations immediately to free up jobs, taxpayer, and healthcare resources for American citizens and legal immigrants."


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    They already TAKE our tax dollars!

    $30 GRAND per anchor baby hospital birth and more if complications!

    $12 GRAND per year per illegal alien kid in our schools, plus free breakfast, lunch, and ESL classes!


    Many have 5 kids or more!



    $30,000 x 5 = $150,000 alone in childbirth costs

    $12,000 x 5 = $60,000 per year in school x 12 years = $720,000 !!!!


    $870,000 for ONE family of five


    Now add in their WIC, TANF, welfare, food stamps and HUD housing! Over One million dollars of our money and there are millions of these "families" freeloading off of us.


    Add the $50 BILLION a year they send back over the border and not spend in our economy and our government wants to "give" them $1200 bail out money...hell no.


    Make them self deport and get them off our soil.


    They can go home and work and pay taxes for their own free stuff and government bailouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezer View Post
    No work, no stimulus check add anxiety for undocumented immigrant laborers
    Good, go home! And stop trying to make us feel guilty like we owe you something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6 Million Dollar Man View Post
    Good, go home! And stop trying to make us feel guilty like we owe you something.

    We have plenty of our own "anxiety" paying for these criminal leeches!

    I hope to see a MASS exodus as they cannot pay their bills here.

    They will skip out on the rent for 2 months...then hit the road!

    NO FOOD BANK TAKING OUR FOOD. I HOPE THEY ARE ASKING FOR ID'S BEFORE YOU GET A FOOD BOX. FEED LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZENS!

    WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezer View Post
    We have plenty of our own "anxiety" paying for these criminal leeches!

    I hope to see a MASS exodus as they cannot pay their bills here.

    They will skip out on the rent for 2 months...then hit the road!

    NO FOOD BANK TAKING OUR FOOD. I HOPE THEY ARE ASKING FOR ID'S BEFORE YOU GET A FOOD BOX. FEED LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZENS!

    WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS.
    This is our chance to step up the pressure and get rid of these parasites once and for all. With so many people losing their jobs, there will be very little tolerance for illegals now. And democrats' argument that they are needed will not fly with the American public.
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