The Pandemic Means That Farm Workers Are Now Considered EssentialMost of America’s farm workers are undocumented immigrants. For decades, they have lived in fear of deportation, particularly if they are stopped for some minor reason. But now, many have been given letters by their employers stating that the Department of Homeland Security deems them to be essential workers.
These letters give these migrants less fear of deportation, and even of being stopped, since many law enforcement agencies have adjusted their priorities during COVID to focus more on public safety and criminal threats than undocumented immigrants. These letters also provide cover for them if they are out during “stay at home” orders.
Farmworkers, Mostly Undocumented, Become ‘Essential’ During Pandemic
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