May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In this article, we highlight aspects of the mental health of immigrants based on a Stress & Trauma Toolkit for Treating Undocumented Immigrants in a Changing Political and Social Environment from the American Psychiatric Association. Mental health risk factors Immigrants experience trauma and stressors before, during, and after immigration. […]
By Nan Wu, Immigration Impact As Tax Day approaches, it’s a good time to bring the significant tax contributions of immigrants—including undocumented immigrants—into the spotlight. These contributions are indispensable to the health and success of America’s public services and programs. Immigrant households paid $492.4 billion in total taxes in 2019 alone, based on analysis of […]
A $2.1 billion program aimed at helping undocumented workers excluded from unemployment benefits was exhausted in two months. It’s still unclear whether Albany lawmakers will push to extend it.
New York, NY – March 8, 2022: Excluded workers protesters march over Brooklyn Bridge and stage rally in front of Municipal Building in Manhattan. (Shutterstock) By Josefa Velasquez, THE CITY Nearly a year after New York approved a historic fund for undocumented immigrants and other non-traditional workers shut out of unemployment benefits and pandemic-spurred government […]
Paramus, NJ – January 20, 2022: Governor Phil Murphy speaks during First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visit of Bergen Community College with Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. (Shutterstock) By Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce an $11 million plan to provide health care for thousands of undocumented children in […]
A fatal industrial accident in Georgia fuels calls for more protections for immigrant workers fearful of cooperating with investigations.
By Susan Ferriss, Public Integrity An industrial accident last year shook Gainesville, Georgia, the self-proclaimed “Chicken Capital of the World.” Six poultry-processing workers died when nitrogen gas used to freeze chicken leaked into a factory room and asphyxiated them. Five of the six people killed were Mexican nationals — as were many survivors at the […]
By Jeremy Robbins, Immigration Impact Miami Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, a freshman Republican from Florida’s 27th congressional district, introduced an immigration reform bill that she calls the “Dignity Act.” Rep. Salazar claims the bill will both halt undocumented immigration to the United States and provide a “dignified solution” to the legal status of the more […]
By America’s Voice As we commemorate Black History Month and recognize the achievements, contributions, and challenges this community faces—the community that faithfully lead the struggle for civil rights in this nation—we inevitably reflect upon what we, as other minority groups, have in common at a time when non-Anglo Saxon sectors of society are in a […]
New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at a press conference in Queens addressing the impact of Hurricane Ida’s remnants September 2, 2021 in New York City. (Shutterstock) By Samantha Maldonado and Josefa Velasquez, THE CITY Nearly five months after Hurricane Ida, just under a million dollars have been paid to New Yorkers from the city […]
By Rodolfo Mendez, Martir Zambrano and Jorge Ramirez Almost all of New York’s workers begin to get overtime pay after working 40 hours a week. Yet under state law, farmworkers only get it after working 60 hours a week. Our work is tiring, and we suffer from injuries from repetitive work and the general nature […]
Inflatable raft brings rescue worker through the flooded downtown streets in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ida. – New Brunswick, New Jersey – September 2, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Sophie Nieto-Muñoz, New Jersey Monitor New Jersey has doubled the amount applicants can receive from a fund intended for workers who were ineligible for pandemic-related stimulus checks […]