While financial assistance programs for immigrants play a big part in mitigating the financial burdens brought on by the pandemic, there is no substitute for accessible medical care, which has never been more necessary for the community.

By Sarah Cartagena, Senior Policy Analyst; and Louisa Silverman, Immigration & Housing Intern

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Even before the pandemic began, medical care was largely inaccessible for many immigrant communities in Illinois. Now, with the added challenges of COVID-19, medical care is all the more difficult to come by and all the more necessary.

While existing emergency financial assistance programs such as rental and utility assistance are undoubtedly essential, community service providers say there is still... Continue Reading

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By Sylvia Puente, President & CEO; and Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum

The common belief that children do not get sick and that COVID is not a problem for kids is false. All children are at risk, especially Latino children.

Vaccines are the most effective firewall against infection, hospitalization, and death. But because those under 12 are still ineligible to receive a vaccine and the Latino population skews young, large numbers of Latinos are unable to be vaccinated. In addition, in Illinois among all racial/ethnic groups between the ages... Continue Reading

By Noreen Sugure, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum

The news this week mentioned that the country’s economy grew at the slower rate than expected but apparently at the fastest pace since last fall. Furthermore, the National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-profit group that studies economic activity and economic growth and is best known for providing “start” and “end” dates for recessions, said the “pandemic recession” lasted only two months and was the shortest on record.

In short, this supposedly means that the country has economically recovered from COVID.

But is the “recovery” a recovery for all? The short answer is a resounding no, and we need look no further than the Latino community to... Continue Reading

Immigration status should not be a burden on long-term COVID care.

By Roberto Valdez Jr., Associate Director, External Affairs; and Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum

President Biden announced on Monday “enhanced support” for people suffering from “long-term COVID.” Speaking at the White House on the 31st anniversary of the seminal Americans with Disabilities Act, the president said that these serious, long-term cases of living with the consequences of COVID—including persistent fatigue and “brain fog”—could qualify as a disability under federal law. It’s not an automatic qualification, as federal guidelines say “an individualized assessment” would be needed. Nonetheless, it is indeed good news for those living with the effects of the virus, or at least a first... Continue Reading

Immigrant families across the city say that dealing with health, financial, and logistical challenges arising from COVID leaves them with no time to care for their mental health—a challenge as dangerous as any other, and one that demands more attention and support.

By Sarah Cartagena, Senior Policy Analyst; and Louisa Silverman, Immigration & Housing Intern

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COVID-19 has forced many immigrant families to face several challenges at once. In addition to dealing with health concerns, financial concerns, the grief of loss, and the difficulties of virtual work and education, these challenges and others take a serious toll on immigrants’ mental health as well. Local immigrant community members say... Continue Reading