The unemployment benefits includes undocumented immigrants. Photo: Lohud.com
STATEN ISLAND, NY — Just today [Tuesday April 6] Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers struck a deal on a $2.1 billion fund that will provide assistance to jobless workers who were excluded from unemployment benefits during the pandemic, including undocumented immigrants.
“We are proud of being part of the ‘Excluded Worker Coalition’ that pushed Cuomo to create this fund. Most importantly, we are proud and honored to have fought side by side with the immigrant workers who organized, went on a 23-day hunger strike, and lobbied elected officials to make this fund a reality,” said Yesenia Mata, executive director of La Colmena Staten Island Immigrant Rights Center.
Mata explained that there are still many details to be ironed out between the governor and the legislature but the goal is now “to get this cash in the hands of these immigrant workers on Staten Island and across the state”.
“Throughout the pandemic, these brave men and women kept the state running and sacrificed so much for us all. We honor them not just with gratitude but also with cash so they can pay their rent and food, and recover from the financial crisis,” she pointed out.