June 10, 2020

FIU Dreamers await U.S. Supreme Court decision this month [Miami New Times]

Joshua Ceballos of Miami New Times writes:

"Toward the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Florida International University students Noris Rivas and Ivan Vazquez applied for emergency aid from their school. Rivas wanted funding so she could pay for summer classes, and Vazquez needed financial help after losing his restaurant job.

But both were denied federal aid because they are not legal citizens of the U.S. — they're Dreamers.


The Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]... released a study last month that found that almost one-third of all essential workers in Florida are immigrants. Immigrants comprise a major part of the workforce in building cleaning services, trucking, warehouse work, postal work, and healthcare. In Miami, those numbers are even greater.

Alexis Davis, a policy analyst with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], tells New Times that Latinx immigrants make up a much larger majority of the essential workforce in Miami-Dade than in the state overall. Countywide, 69 percent of essential workers are Latinx, compared to 26 percent in Florida, and 65 percent of essential workers are foreign-born versus 28 percent statewide, according to Davis.

'This data likely reflects what we already knew — that South Florida is home to the highest share of immigrants in the state and that the majority of Florida's immigrants identify as Latinx,' says Davis, adding that the state also needs to dedicate more attention to non-Latinx immigrants from Haiti and Jamaica."


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