The economic effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are all-pervasive. They are affecting people all across the globe, regardless of their profession. So, even though an individual’s profession doesn’t determine whether they’re affected by the pandemic or not, it does determine how badly they’re affected. Capitalists might not be earning as much as usual, but that isn’t affecting their survival. Many corporate workers have either been laid off or are receiving reduced salaries. Most of them are still able to get by. People who work in low-skilled or unskilled jobs, such as domestic help, construction workers, factory workers, have faced the brunt of these economic losses.
Thus, governments have launched many initiates to provide them with financial support.
However, there are people who are left out of these initiatives even then. There are people whose social standing combines with their economic standing to make them face the worst consequences of the virus.
In America’s case, it is undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are more likely than U.S.-born workers to be employed in industries that offer low-skilled jobs. This has translated into many of them losing out on their jobs because of large scale lay-offs. However, since they are not eligible for unemployment benefits, they’re left to fend for themselves.
The state of California is changing that.
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WHAT IS CALIFORNIA DOING FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?
Governor Gavin Newsom announced in mid-April that California would provide $75 million in financial support to its undocumented immigrants.
“Every Californian, including our undocumented neighbors and friends, should know that California is here to support them during this crisis. We are all in this together.”
He added –
“Regardless of your status, documented or undocumented, there are people in need.”
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2 million of America’s 10.6 million undocumented immigrants live in California. The $75 million being offered by the state will only amount to 150,000 recipients. So, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees committed an additional $50 million for those undocumented immigrants who are even more vulnerable. This includes those with disabilities, and those from the LGBTQIA+ community.
The $500 per-person grant will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.
12 organizations have been contracted to vet the applications. The applications will be registered almost entirely by telephone.