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State Officials and Immigration Advocates Push for Vaccinations for Immigrant Farmworkers

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many immigration advocates are working to ensure that immigrant farmworkers can receive vaccinations against this serious disease. Some of these farmworkers are over the age of 65 and are at high risk if they should contract COVID-19. Immigrant farmworkers make important contributions to the economy of the state of Florida and are classified as essential workers. By making sure that these individuals can access the vaccinations they need to stay safe while performing their essential duties, the state of Florida can protect its economy and its workers in the current pandemic conditions.

Calls from Immigration Advocates and State Officials Alike

On March 3, 2021, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried made an appeal to Governor Ron DeSantis to expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include teachers, educational staff, childcare employees and immigrant farmworkers. Commissioner Fried’s request has been echoed by immigration advocates throughout the state, including Lis-Marie Alvarado of the American Friends Service Committee. While Alvarado was able to find a source for vaccinations for undocumented relatives who were in the high-risk groups, many undocumented immigrants have found it difficult to obtain vaccinations for themselves or their family members. With farmworkers often on the front lines of exposure to the virus, making sure they can obtain the public services they need is critical for maintaining a healthy economy and a healthier population in the state of Florida.

Obtaining Legal Help

While your West Palm Beach immigration lawyer can not typically help you to obtain vaccinations for yourself or your family, these legal professionals can provide you with practical help in obtaining visas and correcting your immigration status. By working with an experienced West Palm Beach immigration lawyer, you can work toward legal residency and citizenship for yourself and your family in the United States.

If you or any member of your family needs a West Palm Beach immigration lawyer to manage issues with visas or deportation proceedings, Pozo Goldstein can help you resolve these issues quickly and effectively. With two former immigration prosecutors and a former judge on our legal team, we can provide you with the benefit of our experience and knowledge in and out of the courtroom setting. To learn more about our services or to schedule your free consultation with our team, call Pozo Goldstein today at 561-578-4977. We are here to help you to protect your own version of the American dream.