Many of the workers who milk cows and pick crops are in Vermont illegally. Still, their work is more essential than ever - why shouldn’t they get some of that federal recovery moolah?
"Setbacks in the dairy industry have meant a loss of jobs, income and even housing for the immigrant workers that keep many farms running. But they’ve been excluded, by virtue of their citizenship status, from the federal stimulus checks, unemployment payments and pandemic unemployment assistance that have helped keep other newly jobless Vermonters afloat. “We come to this country to be able to work, not with the idea of doing anything bad, just to contribute. And during these times in particular, we’ve seen that we’re essential, they call us essential, and we want that to always be respected,” said a farm worker named Uriel. “And we’ve seen they’ve created a fund for the community, but unfortunately we’ve been excluded from that fund.”"
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