Getting federal aid challenging for many undocumented workers

The Resurrection Project bans together to help communities in desperate need.
2:08 | 05/23/20

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We're in the heart of the Latino community, of not only Illinois but also Chicago, which is a very big Mexican immigrant presence. There used to be a lot of optimism and a lot of grit. We're immigrants, and we came here to be able to give our children a better life. And I think that right now it's a much more challenging time. Rendon is an immigration advocate for the chicago-based nonprofit the resurrection project. I think folks are equally scared of the virus as they are scared of what this means for them in terms of getting deeper into poverty. And I think right now these two fears are so overwhelming to our families. Tough times that weigh heavy on Rendon. Both of her parents are undocumented. 15 of her family members have since tested positive for and she says when the virus attacks for the over half million undocumented immigrants in the state of Illinois, relief is absent. There are no benefits. There's no unemployment. There's no stimulus check that's going to come to the folks that we work with. So they're left with no option but to go to work or to find a way to be able to make a living. To lend a hand, the resurrection project has created a donation-based fund. We're going to this house, and she has four u.s.-citizen children, and her husband hasn't worked since the beginning of March. So we're going to give her her check, and hopefully that will help. From a public health perspective, we need to make sure that people who need to quarantine can stay home and that means they need to be able to pay their rent, pay their bills, put food on the table. We have to give people money to be able to do that.

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