NEW REPORT// ILLINOIS UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT WORKERS IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

ILLINOIS UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT WORKERS IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the U.S. economy in an unprecedented way. About 20.5 million people have lost their jobs. In April the unemployment rate had already skyrocketed to 14.7%. In this report, we chronicle the employment conditions, health insurance coverage, and wages of Illinois’ vulnerable undocumented immigrant workers. We then propose adopting a form of universal health insurance coverage and temporary financial supports to ameliorate the economic hardships of undocumented immigrants and their families. The recommendations are also meant to keep all Illinois residents safe from the pandemic.