WASHINGTON – More than two-thirds of undocumented migrant workers have primary jobs that are considered “essential” in the U.S. fight against Covid-19, according to a new study by the FWD.US Immigration Reform Group released on Wednesday.
69 percent of undocumented immigrant workers have a job that the Department of Homeland Security deems essential, according to a study based on the Census Bureau’s 2019 U.S. Community Survey. The study also estimated that almost all five basic workers are immigrants.
In contrast, the Trump government has argued that protecting U.S. jobs from foreign workers is essential in repairing the economic damage caused by Covid-19.
In April, Trump signed an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to ensure that “unemployed Americans of all backgrounds are the first to face jobs when our economy is reopened.” In June, Trump extended the order until the end of the year.
The study estimates that undocumented immigrants make up 11 percent of those working in agriculture, 2 percent of health workers, and 6 percent of food and production workers.
Elizabeth Valencia, 54, of temporary protection that allows some Salvadorans to work and live in the United States, said she was the only geriatric nursing assistant to be a 28 Covid-19 positive resident in a Maryland nursing home. at the beginning of the year following the outbreak of the epidemic concerned. The staff.
Valencia has lived in the United States for 20 years and worked in a nursing home for almost 18 years, starting as a cleaning staff before being trained as a nursing assistant.
Valencia said all of his staff are immigrants upstairs where he cares for dementia patients.
“[The residents] they cannot survive on their own, “he said.” They need us. “
The study also found that 70 percent of immigrants in basic jobs have lived in the United States for more than 10 years and 60 percent speak English.
Nearly one million of the essential workers are “Dreamers,” who are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the study found. Although the DACA adopted by former President Barack Obama was challenged by the Trump government in a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, a new Texas case could put an end to the policy.
Jonathan Rodas, a DACA recipient, works as an operating room assistant at Greater Baltimore Medical Center while attending a nursing school. Rodas and his entire household, including his undocumented stepfather, all showed positive results at Covid-19 in July. By now, they had all fully recovered and no one had been hospitalized.
But Rodas said he was particularly worried about his stepfather being taken to hospital because he, like other undocumented immigrants, did not have health insurance. Rodas is back to work now. He said he was not surprised by the study, which found that one in five basic workers were immigrants.
“There aren’t many people who want to do this work because they’re afraid of it,” Rodas said, talking about working in a hospital during an epidemic. “I’m scared of him. But I do it for the patient. The passion is that I have to help people.”
Didi Martinez consented.