Migrant Workers Bear The Burdens of The Pandemic | WYPR

Migrant Workers Bear The Burdens of The Pandemic

May 1, 2020

Migrant workers from Mexico pick cucumbers in Blackwater, Virginia. Photo taken in 2011.
Credit Bread for the World/Laura Elizabeth Pohl / Flickr

On the frontlines of the pandemic--the essential workers who pick and process food on farms or in meat-packing plans. Within that workforce are thousands of foreign workers, who come to the US on temporary visas.

How are these workers shouldering the burden of the pandemic? Are employers doing enough to prevent the spread of infection?

Rachel Micah-Jones, founder of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, a workers’ rights group, raises concerns about the Trump administration push to reduce their wages.

Read more about the issues migrant workers are facing:
Farmworkers: Too essential to be banned, but not essential enough to be truly valued
To Help Farmers, White House Wants To Lower Migrant Wages
Farmworkers, Deemed Essential, Don't Feel Protected From Pandemic