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CNY Undocumented And Immigrant Workers Call For Relief From New York State In Absence Of Federal Aid

Kyle Chouinard WAER News

More than a dozen people in Syracuse joined others across the state today to rally in support of economic relief for those who have been “excluded” from COVID-19 aid.  They’re calling for the passage of legislation that would create a workers fund for immigrant and undocumented workers. 


Through an interpreter, Giovanni shares his story of being a painter during the pandemic.

“People didn’t want us inside their homes, enclosed spaces where social distancing is very difficult. It is so disheartening the government believes we don’t need help and would allow our families to go hungry. It’s been a full year and the federal government refuses to give us our share so we’re calling our state to do so.” said Giovanni

The group also expressed support for the “Invest In Our New York Act,” which would raise taxes on ultra-wealthy residents. Campaign Organizer Hellen Cordova says the revenue generated could provide $750 a week in temporary aid.  She says the workers have stepped up to perform what many might call essential jobs during the prolonged shutdown.

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“365 days ago our schools shut down. Our get-togethers were deemed deadly. Old McDonald is not happily packing our food, cleaning our streets, sanitizing our spaces, caring for our children, driving us, it is the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States who are taking up these shifts.” said Cordova.

According to Workers of CNY Director Jessica Maxwell, the bill already has the support of Senator Rachel May and Assemblymember Pam Hunter. Now, the group is calling on Senator John Mannion and Assemblymember Bill Magnarelli for their support.  


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