Undocumented workers who power state's economy finally get pandemic aid

Thousands of undocumented immigrants who lost their jobs working as cooks, delivery workers, day laborers, nannies and in other essential jobs are finally getting pandemic unemployment aid.

New York state has approved applications for nearly half of a $2.1 billion fund—the biggest of its kind—to help workers excluded from government aid during the pandemic. The state is starting to disburse $550 million this week from the landmark Excluded Workers Fund (EWF). Since opening on August 1, it has received more than 163,000 applications, mostly from undocumented immigrants.

New York is hoping that supporting these workers can help revive the state’s battered economy. Forty-two percent of New York City

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