Thursday, September 29, 2022

Migrant children in Chicago-area shelters infected with coronavirus

There are at least 37 confirmed cases of coronavirus among minors in U.S. custody at a Chicago-area migrant housing center, CBS News reported yesterday. Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that operates shelters in the Chicago area for unaccompanied migrant children, told CBS that more than half of the 69 minors housed in their facilities have tested positive for the virus. Mailee […]

Despite their uncertain future, thousands of DACA health care workers fight coronavirus

Cinthya Ramírez’s greatest fear is spreading the coronavirus to her parents and younger brother when she comes home from her nursing shift at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the largest hospital in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. “I take every precaution before entering the house. I take off my clothes, clean my phone and go straight to […]

Latinos and African Americans in New York are dying at highest rates from coronavirus

African Americans and Latino New Yorkers have been the hardest hit by coronavirus deaths in the city, dying at the highest rates of any racial group, new data from the city shows. Latinos make up 34 percent of the city’s deaths from Covid-19, compared with 29 percent of the population, according to the new data. African […]

Farmworkers worry about their safety amid coronavirus pandemic

California has ordered all residents to stay home because of the threat of COVID-19, but thousands of farmworkers like Mariana are still showing up at work — despite worries that their employers are not doing enough to protect or support them. Mariana, who wanted to use her first name only for fear of any possible […]

Lorenas Borjas, a historic figure for LGBTQ rights and Latinos in New York died from the coronavirus

Lorena Borjas, an undocumented migrant in the United States, a transgender and precarious person, but above all a historic fighter for LGBTQ rights and Latinos died in New York City. She is remembered for handing out condoms to the sex workers in her neighborhood in Jackson Heights. She also organized syringe exchanges to protect transgender people going through hormone therapy, […]

Supreme Court turning its attention to Sanctuary laws

The Trump administration’s efforts to force state and local authorities to abandon “sanctuary” policies and cooperate with federal immigration agents have mostly been panned by lower courts, and the Supreme Court soon may weigh in. One justice — albeit one no longer on the high court — already has. Retired justice David H. Souter last […]

Latinos in New York City are disproportionately losing their jobs because of coronavirus

A survey published yesterday found that job losses related to the coronavirus pandemic have disproportionately affected Latinos in New York City. Experts who surveyed 1,000 city residents found that 41 percent of Latinos said that either they or someone else in their household had lost their jobs in the last two weeks, according to the report […]

Trump says undocumented immigrants can get tested for coronavirus and not fear being deported

Yesterday President Trump said undocumented immigrants should be able to get tested for coronavirus without fear of arrest or deportation. “The answer is yes, we will do those tests,” Trump said during a White House briefing. “You could say illegal alien, you could say illegal immigrant, you could say whatever you want to use your definition of […]

Experts worry ‘Puerto Rico is going to be ignored’ during coronavirus pandemic

Puerto Rico has taken drastic measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, such as implementing an islandwide curfew, banning cruise ships and closing schools and all nonessential businesses. The island’s governor, Wanda Vazquez, wants to go a step further: She has requested that the Federal Aviation Administration suspend domestic and international flights to Puerto Rico […]

ICE pausing most immigration enforcement amid coronavirus crisis

Immigration authorities will halt most enforcement across the U.S., shifting efforts to deport only foreign nationals who have committed crimes or pose a threat to public safety, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said yesterday. The agency said it will “temporarily adjust” its enforcements, specifically saying people should not avoid seeking “medical care because they fear civil […]