Bloomberg Law
March 18, 2020, 3:00 PM

Undocumented Farmworkers Fall Behind in Coronavirus Pandemic

Megan U. Boyanton
Megan U. Boyanton
Agriculture Policy Reporter

Undocumented laborers toiling on U.S. farms may be especially vulnerable to the new coronavirus—and they probably can’t look to Congress for much help.

“I don’t think anybody’s going to back legislation that would say we’re going to start giving health care to undocumented workers,” Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a telephone interview.

But providing health care to immigrant laborers and suspending deportations is exactly what many immigrant advocates and public health analysts say is needed. Health care for undocumented farmworkers is already limited, and fear of deportation discourages the ill from seeking medical care. As a result, ...

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