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69% of Undocumented Immigrants are COVID Essential Workers

69% of Undocumented Immigrants are COVID Essential Workers

A new study says that 69% of undocumented immigrant workers have jobs deemed essential by the Department of Homeland Security to fight the COVID pandemic. The report by FWD.us says that immigrant frontline workers are essential to America’s recovery:

• 69% of undocumented immigrants are COVID essential workers

• 5.2 million essential workers are undocumented immigrants

• 1 in 5 essential workers is an immigrant

• 70% of the immigrants working in essential jobs have lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years and 60% speak English

• nearly 1,000,000 essential workers are Dreamers protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


During the COVID crisis, immigrant health care workers are making significant contributions to the health and well-being of Americans. One in 5 practicing physicians in the United States is an immigrant, and many of those are in the U.S. as temporary workers on H-1B 3-year visas. It is a common misconception that temporary 3-year H-1B visas are for tech workers: they are also for skilled, trained health care workers such as doctors and nurses. If a health care worker becomes ill and cannot work for several weeks or months, they are at risk for not only losing their job: they can also lose their temporary visa and be subject to deportation.

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