Undocumented Texans Are Eligible for the Vaccine. That Doesn’t Mean They’re Accessing It.

Undocumented Texans Are Eligible for the Vaccine. That Doesn’t Mean They’re Accessing It.

farm-worker-vaccinationsIn late March, the sun smoldered on the onion fields outside the city of Edinburg, fewer than twenty miles north of the United States–Mexico border. Dozens of migrant workers and their families partook in the annual harvest—el rebote de la cebolla, as they call it. Some were teens participating for the first time; others, in their late sixties, struggled to keep up with the pace of their more vigorous counterparts. A few supervisors in the field had legal residency status, but most of those picking onions were undocumented.   Elizabeth Rodriguez, an organizer for La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), a community group working closely with the Rio Grande Valley’s immigrant population, arrived at one onion field that morning to approach workers and help them register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Many of the migrants were surprised but grateful…View Original Post

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