Senator Maria Elena Durazo of Los Angeles (above) has introduced a measure to grant healthcare coverage to all Californians, regardless of immigration status. Durazo, a former labor leader, has aggressively advocated for farmworkers in previous legislation.

“COVID-19 has mercilessly hit hardest our communities of color, especially those who work in our fields and in other essential jobs,” said Fresno Asm. Joaquin Arambula, a co-author on the bill.

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The California Immigrant Policy Center strongly supports the measure.

“Immigrant communities and farmworkers in the food and agricultural sector, like meatpacking plants, have literally been hotbeds for the spread of disease,” said Sarah Dar, a director at the center.