Maeve Higgins, a comedian, writer, actor, and broadcaster, is the author of Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else (2018) and the host of the climate justice podcast Mothers of Invention. (April 2020)

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The Essential Workers America Treats as Disposable

While corporations are going on life support thanks to this huge government bailout, undocumented immigrants and their families, among them US citizens, are being allowed to suffer, to starve, and, without access to health care, perhaps even to die. As things already stood, undocumented immigrants were ineligible for any federally funded public health insurance programs. On top of that, the millions who have tax IDs, so that they can work without formal authorization, are now denied help in the form of unemployment benefits—they are the only US taxpayers excluded from the coronavirus stimulus package.