COVID-19 poses special challenges for immigrants in the country illegally and their families
May 13, 2020
Clementina was already struggling to support her two children after her husband, Jose, was hospitalized in April with COVID-19 and put on a ventilator.
Then she fell ill with the virus and landed in the hospital, too. The couple's health and the state-mandated shutdown wiped out their ability to make a living. But as longtime immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico, Clementina and her husband did not qualify for federal stimulus funds, unemployment benefits or other relief, though the Trump administration has agreed to cover COVID-19 testing and treatment costs for those without legal status.