Nebraska’s Gov: We Won’t Vaccinate Undocumented Workers Since There Aren’t Any
Asked on Monday whether the state will vaccinate undocumented immigrants who work in meatpacking plants, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) responded by denying that those workers exist.
From The Daily Mail:
Ricketts, the son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, was asked at a press conference if undocumented persons would be included when vaccines become available to meatpacking plant workers.
‘Illegal immigrants are not permitted to work in those facilities, so I don’t think that will be a problem,’ the governor replied without further explanation.
However, recent recent data from the Migration Policy Institute reveals that roughly 66 percent of Nebraska’s meatpacking workers are immigrants, and “varying estimates suggest that anywhere between 14 percent to almost all of them are undocumented,” the Daily Mail reported.
Workers at meatpacking plants have been particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus throughout the pandemic, “as workers spend hours standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the line and crowd into locker rooms to change their clothes before and after shifts.”
More than 44,500 coronavirus cases and 232 deaths have been linked to processing plants around the US, according to the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.
Over 5,200 of those cases and 22 deaths came from 23 separate outbreaks at plants in Nebraska.
Regardless, Ricketts announced on Monday that undocumented immigrants in the state will not be eligible to receive a COVID vaccine.