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Undocumented Immigrants Face
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Posted By: earlybird, 3/26/2020 5:22:07 PM

Undocumented workers have long filled thousands of jobs in Massachusetts on construction sites, in restaurant kitchens and on cleaning crews. And like their coworkers, many have been laid off as efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus bring everyday life to a standstill. But there's one crucial difference: Undocumented immigrants can't access unemployment benefits. Three people who call the Boston area home, but have no legal status, shared their fears with WGBH News about surviving without a paycheck and, during a worsening public health crisis, being fearful of accessing medical help.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 3/26/2020 5:26:10 PM (No. 359025)
What would happen if they’d lost their jobs in El Salvador? If they’d had jobs?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: XCenturion 3/26/2020 5:27:55 PM (No. 359026)
Too damn bad! Americans will need those jobs once this COVID 19 crisis passes.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: oldmagnolia 3/26/2020 5:28:32 PM (No. 359027)
Deport them.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Proud Texan 3/26/2020 5:31:24 PM (No. 359032)
Invading a country usually does have its dangers. Normally I don't think invaders should be given health care, but this time it is probably a good idea because it might make things safer for others, but as soon as they are able, ship 'em home!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Axeman 3/26/2020 5:31:33 PM (No. 359033)
American contractors, consultants, and business owners who are legaly Americans don't get unemployment checks either. America first! Illegals need to file with their country of origin.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: anniebc 3/26/2020 5:36:03 PM (No. 359036)
I'm sure they can come up with enough money to sneak their way home, just like they sneaked their way here. I was riding my bike this morning in my area where there are a lot of new homes being built, and I noticed that the only people working were those who looked like they may be illegals. Yes, the construction workers.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 3/26/2020 5:37:01 PM (No. 359038)
Yo Liz You sock puppet! Tel your Editor "NO" next time he gives you such a crap story to scribble! We don't cotton to your whiny lament!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: gramma b 3/26/2020 5:41:01 PM (No. 359042)
Boo freaking hoo.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: stablemoney 3/26/2020 5:41:35 PM (No. 359043)
The employers that employ them should help these people. Those employers should be held legally responsible, if they don't, including personal liability of officers and owners. The Democrats should drop their absurd positions on immigration, and legal immigration laws enforced, with new provisions enacted so that immigrants can come here legally.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: marbles 3/26/2020 5:47:00 PM (No. 359047)
One of the benefits of being a citizen is that you can avail yourself of everything that our government has to offer IF , you choose to break our laws to get in to our country, you dont qualify for anything. It's really that simple.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: pinger 3/26/2020 5:47:54 PM (No. 359048)
What goes around, comes around.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Omen55 3/26/2020 5:48:02 PM (No. 359049)
Go ask dem for a job.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: LadyHen 3/26/2020 5:52:02 PM (No. 359051)
I will pull out the world's smallest violin and play it just for them We know they are good at sneaking across borders. How about they go home?!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: bad-hair 3/26/2020 5:53:26 PM (No. 359052)
If you thought for a minute, oh gosh , actual Americans are out of work, fighting for their children and are desperately concerned about people cramming our borders whos' problems are BIGGER than yours … ??? VOTE.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: qr4j 3/26/2020 5:54:43 PM (No. 359054)
Um . . . why were these "undocumented workers" hired in the first place? My company has to jump through all sorts of hoops to hire someone. I know. I am the one who receives the documentation and checks it with E-Verify, etc. The companies that hired these folks need to be taken to task. And those who lied to the companies need to be taken to task as well. Boo-frickin'-hoo!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: barbcrose 3/26/2020 5:55:32 PM (No. 359056)
Too bad, so sad!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 3/26/2020 5:58:51 PM (No. 359059)
I thought I was going to bet he only hardass here!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: doctorfixit 3/26/2020 6:01:12 PM (No. 359063)
Illegal aliens are treated far better than citizens. The opposite should be the case. Make their lives miserable enough, they'll leave.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: bad-hair 3/26/2020 6:06:03 PM (No. 359065)
About time we sorted this out. The best products in the world must be produced by the best producers in the world. The USA has the best producers in the world being paid by the best corporations in the world. We have had a democrat mindset in this country that said we could buy cheap in China. USA stop being consumers and START BEING PRODUCERS. We have private corps who are ready to explore the moon. And Mars. Tell China to kiss my A.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: DVC 3/26/2020 6:08:25 PM (No. 359068)
Great news. Maybe they will go home!
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Reply 21 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 3/26/2020 6:10:35 PM (No. 359070)
Perhaps then they should just go home,
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 3/26/2020 6:16:59 PM (No. 359076)
Well, illegals, suggest you pack up and head back to where you came from.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 3/26/2020 6:18:18 PM (No. 359077)
Well good... They can go starve in their own country.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Namma 3/26/2020 6:26:44 PM (No. 359086)
actions have consequences maybe the illegals should have thought about what would happen if they got sick and were not a citizen. I didn't tell them to sneak into this country. Come into a country legally. I would have to do that if I wanted to live in a different country.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 3/26/2020 6:31:22 PM (No. 359090)
One of the many consequences of living here illegally. I have no sympathy for people who break the law and then expect no consequences. Life doesn't work that way.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: red1066 3/26/2020 6:38:20 PM (No. 359095)
Then they can go home.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: VirtuDawg 3/26/2020 6:40:04 PM (No. 359098)
And the "issue" here is . . . . ???
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Gruntmedic 3/26/2020 6:45:06 PM (No. 359102)
They can go home. We can buy them a ticket.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Tet Vet 68 3/26/2020 6:59:27 PM (No. 359119)
Too bad so sad now go back to where you came from. To those who hired you no relief no help and go to hell
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Reply 30 - Posted by: mizzmac 3/26/2020 7:03:50 PM (No. 359124)
"Undocumented" immigrants are persons who are here illegally. They should be paid for breaking the law???
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Reply 31 - Posted by: davew 3/26/2020 7:08:38 PM (No. 359126)
For those undocumented non-citizens that live outside the major hot spots they should be able to go back to work once the new CDC guidelines are delivered to the states governors later next week and they can relax the social distancing directives. Until then they will have to rely on the local food banks or faith based charity organizations that are established to support the homeless communities in their areas. This will also help those in the hot spot counties as well but they may have to get by for a several months rather than weeks. Most of them that get sick will not need hospitalization but they should follow the guidelines to self quarantine and protect their elder family members. They also need to coordinate with others who are either not sick or who have recovered so they can get food while they are quarantined and can't go out. The more fortunate will be working for companies that will take advantage of the relief program and will be able to keep them on their payroll with sick leave pay if necessary. I don't know any other country in the world that has been this generous to people who have immigrated illegally.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Vaquero45 3/26/2020 7:11:22 PM (No. 359130)
Then they shouldn’t o’ freakin BEEN here!
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Reply 33 - Posted by: uptoome 3/26/2020 7:16:26 PM (No. 359132)
Tough. Go home and complain there.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 3/26/2020 7:18:00 PM (No. 359135)
Marion Davis of the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) says There are no official resources designed for undocumented people, I have no problem extending charity to people who are in need. Even undocumented people. God's love should be expressed to all those in need. But God also tells us to obey the laws of the land. There should not be any official resources designed for undocumented people. All people should be here legally or not here at all.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: Fred1933 3/26/2020 7:20:54 PM (No. 359137)
Why don't you just go back to your country?
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Reply 36 - Posted by: udanja99 3/26/2020 7:21:51 PM (No. 359139)
TS!!!! Let them go home.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: chance_232 3/26/2020 7:40:32 PM (No. 359153)
The left still hasn't figured out why Trump won the election. And this is why we voted for him.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: Lawsy0 3/26/2020 7:58:41 PM (No. 359172)
Tough chitlins, dudes.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: erod111 3/26/2020 8:00:44 PM (No. 359177)
So what?
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Reply 40 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 3/26/2020 8:07:48 PM (No. 359182)
First sentence is a lie. Here I will correct it. "Undocumented workers have long stolen thousands of jobs from Americans."
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Reply 41 - Posted by: Sandbar 3/26/2020 8:33:03 PM (No. 359201)
I have a friend that never held a long term job but always seemed to find under the table, cash paying jobs avoiding payroll taxes. At 62, he was first in line to start collecting his SS but was very disappointed in the dollar amount. His chickens roosted. This is no different.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 3/26/2020 8:38:35 PM (No. 359205)
Best thing they can do for themselves is go back to Tortilla City.
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Reply 43 - Posted by: janjan 3/26/2020 9:17:50 PM (No. 359240)
This is the consequence of being ‘undocumented’ which is a PC term for ILLEGAL. No you are not entitled to benefits nor should you be. Get out.
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Reply 44 - Posted by: Norway 3/26/2020 9:18:09 PM (No. 359241)
When you break the law, you get what you get.
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Reply 45 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 3/26/2020 9:24:12 PM (No. 359244)
Go home.
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Reply 46 - Posted by: Rumblehog 3/26/2020 9:38:59 PM (No. 359259)
Mother Mehico is your safety net. Invader go home!
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Reply 47 - Posted by: paral04 3/26/2020 9:50:21 PM (No. 359273)
That the chance you take when you break the law.
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Reply 48 - Posted by: bighambone 3/26/2020 10:06:55 PM (No. 359283)
Maybe the employers who unlawfully employed illegal aliens should give their illegal aliens the money necessary to tide them over until the crisis is resolved, or maybe the illegal aliens should consider traveling back to their home countries.
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Reply 49 - Posted by: JediJerry 3/26/2020 10:13:38 PM (No. 359290)
I'm happy for them to have the opportunity to go back home now. So pack up la camioneta and roll on out of here.
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Reply 50 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 3/26/2020 10:34:06 PM (No. 359301)
@#4 - Do you mean like if we gave illegals driver licenses they'd be more apt to buy car insurance - and we'd all be safer? Like that? /s
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Reply 51 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 3/27/2020 1:00:20 AM (No. 359360)
Since I live in an area that looks like United Nations and see what they are collecting now and living better than the elderly, my give a damn meter is broken. Do not care if they miss one of many gravy trains.
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Reply 52 - Posted by: PChristopher 3/27/2020 1:34:17 AM (No. 359382)
Then they can go home! I'm sure there are a lot of true citizens who might like to have any kind of job right now!
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Reply 53 - Posted by: Trigger2 3/27/2020 1:37:25 AM (No. 359384)
Cry me a river.
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Reply 54 - Posted by: JackBurton 3/27/2020 9:20:05 AM (No. 359567)
Pardon me... but isn't MOST of the content in this article.... ANECDOTAL. I mean, geez, that should just be ignored or thrown in the trash right out.
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