NY Immigration Coalition: Immigrants have no health care despite being on front line during pandemic

The New York Immigration Coalition says immigrants are overwhelmingly on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic, and claims that many have no health care or assistance to help them.

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2020, 2:03 AM

Updated 1,486 days ago

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The New York Immigration Coalition says immigrants are overwhelmingly on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic, and claims that many have no health care or assistance to help them.
Juan, a street vendor, says he lost most of his sales when schools and offices closed and is relying on his wife to make ends meet. He has been using his credit card to pay any bills that they can't cover now, but says he knows it's not a long-term strategy.
He says he plans to return to work despite concerns.
The city's Comptroller's Office estimates that 50% of front line workers are immigrants, and that 19% of them do not have American citizenship. The New York Immigration Coalition claims this puts many lives at risk.
Steve Choi, of the New York Immigration Coalition, believes the government needs to step in to help the workers.
The coalition says residents like Juan will continue working since it seems they have no other choice.
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