Marina Gonzalez, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who lives in Frederick, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday. The day before, she said, she could barely sit up.

“My head hurts so much,” she said, taking deep breaths between her words.

Two weeks before she was diagnosed with COVID-19, Gonzalez said she began feeling sick but was not exhibiting enough symptoms to be tested. Over the next week, her symptoms worsened so she contacted her physician at Frederick Community Action Agency. He agreed she should immediately get tested for the virus, assuring her that testing is free and documentation is not required.

So, last Wednesday, Gonzalez first visited Frederick County Health Department, where she was directed to urgent care for a free test. When she arrived, she was required to show her identification card, which she said was not the required "Real ID." Employees at the center told her the test would cost $115.

Unable to pay for the test, she went to the hospital. Gonzalez displayed almost all of the COVID-19 symptoms, she said. On Saturday, with an interpreter on a call from the hospital, Gonzalez said she was told she tested positive for COVID-19.

Had she gotten sick today, she likely could have obtained a test easier. Gov. Larry Hogan announced an order Tuesday to make testing available to people who believe they may have been exposed to the virus, even if they are not yet symptomatic, the governor’s office said, and the tests will be provided at no out-of-pocket cost.

Undocumented immigrants out of work and potentially sick with the coronavirus are feeling financial pressure to get back to work quickly due to the lack of health care and social safety net available to most Americans, immigrant advocates and experts say.

Before she got sick, Gonzalez said in an interview that she feared she would not have access to health care if she contracted COVID-19.

This is a fear for many undocumented workers. “During this pandemic, access to health care has become a privilege that many undocumented communities don’t have,” said Guadalupe De La Cruz, program director at WeCount, an immigrant advocacy organization in South Florida.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, an estimated 7 million undocumented immigrants lack health insurance. The uninsured are only eligible for COVID-19 testing under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

“Leaving undocumented immigrants out of these safety nets exposes the entire population to the virus,” said Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Camille Busette. “When you neglect one segment of your population, and they are also at high risk to get the disease. When you are trying to roll out of it, that neglect might show up as a resurgent of the disease.”

Thespina Yamanis, associate professor at American University, said undocumented immigrants especially “will have no choice but to go back to work.”

“If they go back to work without proper protective measures, meaning six feet distance between them and the next worker and wearing a mask and gloves, it means that they will be vulnerable to getting sick with the coronavirus, bringing it home to their families, and exposing others in their community,” she said.

Gonzalez believes she contracted the coronavirus from her husband, a warehouse truck driver. Two weeks before she displayed the first symptom, all warehouse employees, including Gonzalez’s husband, were sent home after multiple workers tested positive for the coronavirus. He stays home now, taking care of Gonzalez and their two daughters.

Gonzalez worked as a house cleaner before Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan imposed his stay-at-home order on March 30. Before she contracted the virus, she spent most of her days calling her employer and asking to return to work. Unable to do so, Gonzalez baked and sold bread and sold homemade masks. Now, she is unable to do that.

“Work is the way that we’ve always been able to afford these things [food and rent]… now we don’t have that option,” Gonzalez said in Spanish through a translator. Gonzalez fears they will not be able to pay rent this month.

Undocumented immigrants, among the millions who have lost their jobs, are not eligible for federal relief from the COVID-19 stimulus package, called the CARES Act; checks from the relief package are limited to workers with Social Security numbers, excluding undocumented immigrants and others who pay taxes using Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers.

“The fact that we’re not going to receive stimulus (money) only incentivizes us not to go to the hospital, not to be forced to quarantine and to continue to work, because working is the only possible way that we can earn money and take care of our family,” Gonzalez said.

But an early return to work poses more health risks to undocumented workers and the population at large, immigrant advocates said.

Gonzalez said the lack of health care and financial help is discriminatory. “It feels like once again we’re being… marginalized,” she said. “We pay our taxes. We contribute to the IRS. We contribute to our community. We have kids who are born here and still we’re being excluded,” she said.

Gonzalez and seven other members of the Rise Coalition of Western Maryland, an immigrant advocacy organization, have started a petition requesting the Frederick County Council to create an emergency assistance fund that offers support to those excluded from the federal stimulus funds. Currently, the petition has 428 signatures.

“We deserve to be heard and we deserve at least in this situation to be taken care of, regardless of status, race. All of us should be treated the same. We’re all trying to survive this situation,” said Gonzalez.

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GreenSeaTurtle

Wait a minute. After reading the article again, and looking at the pictures, I realized there's no way she can legally sell bread and cookies. Food preparation as a highly regulated industry. So she also is breaking the law with respect to health department codes and licensing laws! This is just crazy!

bosco

Maybe if she slipped on a pair of those magical, sanitizing rubber gloves, it would be OK. (sarcasm alert)

yaxtuxsabes

she’s not a business owner, so I’m pretty sure she’s not breaking any law, are you saying it’s illegally for me to sell some cookies to my friends too? ok permit patty....

yaxtuxsabes

Immigrants pay taxes!!! for all you uneducated people, immigrants work just as hard no maybe even harder then most of you fat white trump supporters, however I agree testing should be free for everyone, and “ why don’t they come legally” Most Central American countries don’t grant visa for people going too America, most of time they are denied by their embassy, just because she’s “illegal” doesn’t mean she’s not human she’s just like you, she has kids and family, stop being so selfish “of but I’m American and I have too pay >:(“ did y’all not get your stimulus ? She literally gets 0% of the stimulus, nothing, while y’all on your couch complaining reviving money from unemployment and stimulus, yet she should pay for testing ? While paying rent, food, water, electric.... ? Mind you she also has a family too feed and unemployed now reviving no benefits from the government..... God trump supporters make sick

bosco

Yaxtuxsabes,. Please explain why it is ok fo people to jump the line of people waiting to immigrate here legally. Explain why it is ok for people to break our immigration laws to sneak in.

God, open border, free stuff for all liberals make me sick.

yaxtuxsabes

Nice Bernie profile pic, and for you too assume I’m liberal 0.0 I support basic human rights, but I guess trying to prove that illegal immigrants deserve to be treated equally as others is wrong 0.0 omg I’m so sorry I hurt your fragile ego, I’m so sorry sir I hurt you privileged ass, meanwhile trump supporters are out here protesting the quarantine that could save thousands of lives and refusing to wear mask,,, i claim as independent, none of y’all right 0.0 I rest my case

Jeepers11md

Why can't they follow the law and rules? There are alot of people that get citizenship? I respect then they follow the laws Trump 2020

jagman

On thing that seems to be missing from all this discussion is the fact that if this woman is truly as sick as described in the article, she can simply show up at the emergency room for care. By law, the hospital must treat her. No way around that. End of story.

Lets' face it. This entire article was designed to elicit sympathy for the plight of the poor harmless illegal aliens who are just here so they can seek a better life. Well, if that is so, get in line and come here legally.

Stories like this are commonplace in the liberal media. Created to further the goals of democrats who want their votes and establishment republicans who want cheap, exploitable labor.

Hollowed Ground

We must help this woman, for she works harder than most of those who criticize her. Her moral standing greatly exceeds that of the maga-hatted gun-waving Trump thugs marching in the street. She has waved no gun at anyone, much less lat egal government officials.

huntdog1119

Why help her over helping me? I was born in this country, I have worked legally since age 16. I have paid taxes and into social security. Because of a divorce, I now have to pay for my own health insurance because my employer doesn't provide it. So I pay $600 a month for my health insurance, mine, single, no one else. Why does this illegal immigrant deserve medical coverage, wait... FREE medical coverage when I pay taxes and insurance premiums? This woman and her family should be sent back to El Salvador.

KellyAlzan

Sad to see you feel that way huntdog. “I” “I” “I”

“I”. Is you’re whole post. All

About you, huh?

KR999

You missed his point, Pb, try reading his comment again. It's not all about him, it's about the rights of legal citizens vs illegal aliens.

Jeepers11md

Agree come here for free medical care look at our elderly and what they pay

yaxtuxsabes

your so selfish, many countries outside of the outside states hate Americans and I can see why based on your post, you clearly favor yourself over others, she didn’t revive any help from the government, since your a citizen you get stimulus, and unemployment aid, yet immigrant out here are paying everything with no help, there busting themselves off to support their families, it’s so sad to see this and read these comments

jagman

My guess is you are one of those illegal aliens, right yax?

yaxtuxsabes

no I’m not illegal, I was born in the US but I don’t identify as American it’s an embarrassment kinda now

jagman

OK then. You make excuses for illegal aliens being here and you "don't identify as American".

That makes you the perfect lefty.

huntdog1119

We need to send her and her family back to El Salvadore.

yaxtuxsabes

can’t even spell the country right

xJacky1

No she hasn’t, but she has potentially infected many in her community and our community. This is unacceptable and to argue otherwise is ignorant. No doubt she should receive humane care, but at a cost. Once well, if that is the outcome, she should be escorted to our southern border and released back into Mexico.

KellyAlzan

To only return to the states? When was the last time you had a govt subsidized vacation?

yaxtuxsabes

she’s not even Mexican.... she’s Salvadoran 😂😭😭.... explains the U.S logic inside your brain....sweetie please get an education before ranting......

jagman

So what. If she was from Scotland and came here illegally, she'd be an illegal alien.

Illegal is illegal. Whatever the source.

viperch25

how do you know that about her. do you know her? is she your friend? do you work with her? or is all you know about her. what you read in this heavily biased story

Jeepers11md

Why has she not followed our law? She is not the victim we are she could become a citizen i wish her a speedy recovery but hope she either gets her citizenship or turned into the sheriff's office for fnp is harbouring a fugitive

awteam2000

Is there anyone out there that can articulate what virtues that Trump has brought to the world , to the White House,To the country, to National stability in the last 3 1/2 years that makes you want to re-elect him.?

Remember buffoonery, lying and corruption aren’t virtues.

Note: saying “others are just as bad”, or “they did it too” aren’t excepted responses for Trump’s Incompetence.

phydeaux994

aw, I’ve been asking that question for 4+ years and the only answer I’ve gotten is “ the Economy” and I haven’t even heard that one lately??? I hope they’ll answer you.

Hollowed Ground

He hath brought the grand virtue of Lie.

huntdog1119

Yes, my Country hasn't been given away to the communist, socialist, and anyone else that wants to take away my rights.

phydeaux994

You mean pinko commies like Putin and Kim and Xi??? Trumps Mentors? Putin owns Trump, get real.

xJacky1

He isn’t a slug like you and your type. Beyond the hyperbole and disinformation spouted by you, the democrat party and the willing accomplices in the press President Trump is a decent person who wants to make America better than it has been during 44’s presidency. He and I share the belief that the fundamental change Obama perpetrated on the USA was not in country’s best interest. He has taken steps to right the ship for which I applaud him. He has exposed the aforementioned A $ $ H A T S for what they are America hating globalists. There I answered your silly question.

KR999

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] xJacky1.

awteam2000

I couldn’t come with any either.

jsklinelga

Early this morning I posted a foolish comment." but I cannot imagine anyone who would not want them cared for in a humane way, especially during this pandemic."

Boy was I surprised.

I fully support President Trump's policies. I especially support Sheriff Jenkins policies. Illegal immigration was out of control. I completely agree with the poster that said the Democrats defend the "illegals" .because they see it as a way to gain votes and support.

But this is a pandemic. These people could not leave now if they wanted to. If you have no compassion for the humanity how about the practicality of preventing hot zones among these communities that affect all society.

After this pandemic is over, deport. But for now remember they are people.

awteam2000

What policies?

JSK, You may want to share Trump’s “policies” that you fully support, seeing that Trump doesn’t seem to know what they are, nor does anyone else.

Nancy Day

Wow. So much issue with this lady and her status. As another human being is sick and suffering, doesn't the Bible teach us to look for one another? If the time spent hating was used towards helping this great nation, we'd probably be in a better place. Peace.

huntdog1119

Nancy, I work, pay taxes and because my employer doesn't offer health insurance, I pay $600 per month for my health insurance, plus I have a high copay, because that's the policy I can afford. Please explain to me why I, a legal citizen of the United States is not being offered, by the Democrats, everything they want to give to illegal immigrants.I work, I pay taxes, I obey the laws of our country, yet I'm being penalized because of someone that entered our country illegally, has false ID. What can you tell me is right in this scenario?

KellyAlzan

“I” “I” “I” “I”

All About you. That’s ok, you was raised that way and don’t know any better

GreenSeaTurtle

Thank you for taking the time to explain. I see your point and wow, it really isn't fair. I had no idea that was how things worked. If what you are saying is true, this is completely unacceptable.

phydeaux994

****DO NOT HIRE THEM, THEY WILL LEAVE**** Take care of your own kids. Clean your own house. Mow your own lawn. Build your own fence and deck and patio. Grow and pick your own crops and butcher your own meat. Build your own homes and dig your own ditches. Cook your own meals and bus your own tables when you eat out. Wash your own car. The lowest paid workers during this Pandemic are among the most essential, and millions of them are illegal aliens. It is ILLEGAL to hire ILLEGAL aliens. Arrest the employers and take their children away. ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL!!

KellyAlzan

And removing campaign signs is illegal. But that hasn’t stopped the Jenkins for sheriff campaign team......

phydeaux994

Just remember Kelly, I am on your side on this issue. Even with 11M illegal aliens in the Country, there are about 6M jobs out there unfilled. We must have Comprehensive Immigration Reform but the Republicans won’t let it happen. They like things just like they are.

KellyAlzan

Yes. Totally agree.

It blows my mind that people are so ignorant to say “send them back”.

Because last week the trump deplorables were complaining about milk and beef coming from China! Well, without Latino work forces - even more of our food will come from overseas!

Jeepers11md

Trump 2020 make the democrats cry another 4 years

Hollowed Ground

Haha! Not one of the illegal immigrant whiners wants to do any of that.

caspiansails

They can return to their home country, actually their own countries, and be legal. Here they are not, they are akin to squatters and only citizens should be allowed to receive any government aid. The door is open, feel free to exit.

Fisherec

I don’t know how relevant my opinion is here, but I’d like to share my experience of living and working in another country. It was quite a few years ago, after I was out of school and trying to make make it as an artist. I had friends in Europe who invited me over to work on a project so I saved and scraped together enough money to fly over and a little extra to get by. I lived overseas for 5 years, working enough to survive but not much more than that. Of course my passport was on file with the visiting country, and I was required to report yearly to the police to prove employment. The government was aware that I was living in their country and kept loose tabs on my residential and work status. I did not find it pleasant to report in—especially because my command of the language wasn’t great and I was also nervous that I wouldn’t have my permission papers renewed. But, those were the requirements so I complied. My point is that this is standard procedure all over the world. People from another country cannot just ‘jump a fence’ and expect to be greeted with open arms. We have laws and they should be followed. Proper ID is important. Tracking visitors is customary. I don’t know when US citizens started being against borders. Countries have a right to their sovereignty. Citizens are entitled to safety and protection, as much as possible. Non-citizens who do not follow our laws and go through the proper channels are not entitled to the same rights as our citizens or compliant visitors.

caspiansails

You are on point. Americans generally are not for this type of squatting we will call it. We want these people to leave and take their offspring with them. The politics is different in that the left seems to think they have a political advantage from it. It is shameful that those on the left, and frankly some on the right, allow this to continue. They have no allegiance (the politicians) to the country or the ideals of America and they bastardize the statue of Liberty. So they delay at the expense of the citizens for some future where they think they can grant citizenship and pick up millions of voters. For my money, they should all be out of office for acts of treason to the people.

KellyAlzan

The U.S. is not “other countries”. Making your reply irrelevant. We do have open borders, always have and always will.

But, cool story, bro

Jeepers11md

No you are wrong once the best president gets in again that wall will be finished we need it bad my paycheck can't take paying any more

Obadiah Plainsmen

As of this time there are 67 comments including this one. If each person would donate $17.64 per each of their comment/s to Ms. Gonzales she would have equivalent of a stimulus check and this article and discussion would be moot.

User1

Why take part of my tax money to pay illegals? Why haven’t the ones that have been here years even attempted to become legal..Let alone learn ENGLISH!

GreenSeaTurtle

But wouldn't that just mean another story about another person...it seems like if our country is really giving so many resources away for free, and maybe we aren't, more people will enter illegally.

viperch25

this story along with others. just proves FNP is a liberal bias news paper.

Just remember FNP "get woke go broke"

Jeepers11md

I so agree

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Blindedbythelight13

Undocumented is the liberal word for ILLEGAL!

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bosco

GregF, please explain how advocating for people who want to immigrate to the US to follow our immigration laws is racist. [ninja]

machinehead666

Read all the comments. This is one of the results when you have politicians and advocates pushing for open borders and amnesty. Yes this woman should be reported and thrown out of this country. Free isn't free for everybody that has to pay for the fallout. But even more true is that the employers who enable this should be put out of business. We can go on without those, I know we don't need any of them and we'd all benefit in the long run.

awteam2000

Machine...6, Just read my comment -

The U.S. consumer prices unexpectedly rose in February, March and April due to the coronavirus outbreak. Sick workers in the food delivery chain are mostly immigrants, often undocumented and people of brown-skin employed in jobs that feed America. The ‘May’ consumer price index is expected to be worse. We are seeing price increases at grocery stores, shortage of foods that we normally take for granted, all related to the Coronavirus causing a human disruption in the supply chain. Tyson Foods, one of America’s largest meat producers, has warned “the food supply chain is breaking” amid the coronavirus crisis. Processing of meats and vegetables, all supported by immigrants.

jagman

There is a difference between "immigrants" and "illegal aliens". Easy to understand it you aren't a liberal.

hayduke2

Explain undocumented immigrants vs illegal aliens please ( thought they were the same thing )

jagman

An "undocumented immigrant" is the same thing as an illegal alien. Just a term for lefty to whitewash the whole issue.

But then you know that, hay. So, what's your point?

awteam2000

Jagman, do you understand why perishable produce is being churned to waste? Farmers are plowing their crops in to the ground. Milk is being poured into Gutters. Tysons food processing plants are closed. Chickens and pigs are being euthanized.

There’s plenty of product but the process is lacking to get it to market...

Do only liberals understand economics?

jagman

All that you list are because of the supply chain disruption caused by the CV-19 economic shutdown.

Open the country back up and those issues will self-correct in a short time.

TINAE

The Rat Race. Bob Marley

mcpsida

Admitting to using a fake ID is against the law! We have seniors, veterans, and homeless people that cannot afford these tests, our people FIRST!

KellyAlzan

It’s “against the law” to admit?

Gee, we learn something new every day.....

User1

It’s called Identity Theft Ms “Lead Commenter but I’m sure you knew that.

KellyAlzan

Wow. You’re special.

Jeepers11md

She is here ILLEGALLY that is a law

Greg F

MD has said there are now sufficient tests for anyone who wants one. Would you rather they go around not knowing? Did you get one? Are you Mother Theresa? Glass houses mc.

sevenstones1000

Somebody is hiring undocumented workers. That’s the person who needs to be hunted down and charged with providing health insurance for these workers.

Give the name of the trucking company her husband works for. Make them pay.

jagman

On this we can agree. Business owners, cheered on by the USCofC are very much a part of the problem.

If the government arrested a couple of business owners who hire illegals and threw the book at them, the rest would straighten out very quickly.

Easy fix. No jobs. No illegals coming here.

Greg F

There are plenty of jobs that nobody will take and they are the ones taking them. You want to go pick fruit or shovel dung?

jagman

The reason some businesses hire illegals is they can pay them less and treat them like dirt. All those jobs could be filled with legal American citizens. That would require paying a higher wage with better benefits (something lefty used to support) and treating them like citizens.

And it's not just illegals. All those foreigners coming in on work visas are treated terribly by employers, many are multi-national corporations.

I have many first hand observations about the tech industry in the 90's and how they treated foreign visa programmers. It was not a pretty sight.

hayduke2

But jag, that’s how the businesses you champion “roll”

jagman

The businesses I "champion" and those I have financial involvement with hire legal citizens. I do not support the use of illegals in any capacity.

Again, shut down the jobs for illegals and they will go home.

GreenSeaTurtle

Help farmers modernize and mechanize farming like in Europe - nobody should be doing that job!

MD1756

Fine them for hiring illegal immigrants.

MrSniper

An interesting thing we all should already know is that other people’s health & access to healthcare affects us all. If this doesn’t move us to adopt a program that covers everyone in our communities, then I don’t know what will.

TINAE

Ain't that truth!

viperch25

if your here legally then sure

girlpolitic

https://dc.medill.northwestern.edu/about-us/#sthash.cqDwRGNV.dpbs

girlpolitic

Wonder why FNP had a journalism student write the story while interning at the FNP instead of FNP reporter? To avoid the potential reader push back or Ogden's attempt to get free work and boot the regular staff out the door? Deleting the Sunday edition will not save enough, no doubt reporters will go next.

Greg F

Budget cuts and free access cs paid access online so everybody can come in and make dumb comments.

hayduke2

Especially the dumb comments part!!!

KellyAlzan

Girl - who cares. If you do not like it, if it upsets you, then cancel your subscription and move on with life. It’s that simple.

huntdog1119

She is here illegally, breaking the laws of our country from entering the country illegally to using a fake ID, and who knows how much more she does illegally. I have to pay a high monthly premium for my health insurance since my employer doesn't offer it plus a high deductible. And she deserves free health care? Give me a break, she, her husband, and their children should be shown the door back to El Salvador. Let her get her health care there.

sevenstones1000

Huntdog - you deserve health insurance, too. You shouldn’t have to pay a high monthly premium either.

Don’t make the mistake of allowing the oligarchs to set you and other financially fragile people like yourself against which other. She isn’t the enemy.

Healthcare is a right.

jloo

sevenstones1000 YOU will pay for my healthcare, considering you think it is a right? She is an illegal alien. What other laws will you allow her to break? In order to get to a healthcare provider you must have transportation, so that's a right. Food, that's a right. Housing, another right. Electric, HVAC, water, all more rights. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, those are your only rights. The rest, ya gotta work for.

User1

Don’t forget a smartphone and cableTV and free internet. Illegals and in,ages have more “rights” than the working Joe or Jane.

User1

If you can afford it or are illegal. Ever since Obummercare my premiums have skyrocketed and covered procedures have decreased.

rbtdt5

Either support people that break the law or else you hate brown people. lol.

TINAE

Either support people who's trying to make it in this doggy dog world, or hate any people.

gabrielshorn2013

Snoop?

rbtdt5

So you want anarchy? Do you also support robbery? Drug dealing? theft? I mean it's just people trying to make it.

User1

That’s considered “aiding and abetting”.

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Nancy Day

Greg - this is their bread and butter. Or, perhaps more like their biscuits and gravy.

Jeepers11md

My question is did fnp give her name to the sheriff's department ? She is illegal and needs to follow the law and fnp should be held accountable for hiding information do the right thing and report her

Nancy Day

Whatever you say, chief.

vodalone

Get over yourself bud. Did you call the cops when you saw your neighbors in groups larger than 10 having a gathering outside? Probably not.

KellyAlzan

Did you report yourself for driving after being over the limit jeepers?

Jeepers11md

If you must know i follow the law quit supporting your buddy ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL i don't break the law she did

viperch25

haha thats funny you mean the left leaning joke of a newspaper report a illegal not a chance

Nancy Day

Beg your pardon, but why do you read, and moreover comment, if the paper is such a left leaning joke? There must be plenty of alt-right publications that match your beliefs.

KellyAlzan

Ok, then don’t read it. It’s like looking at Hustler magazine for the men, and then saying you don’t like gays.

dancing donna

Yes, undocumented workers will risk their lives and the lives of others to provide for their family. No doubt, compared to the life in a different country, COVID is probably not that significant in the grand picture of survival. Yes, we should help anyone who is sick. Should we provide services for an undocumented workers who did not go through the legal steps to be in the USA? That is a different conversation. Like she said, she has to work to provide. Most of us do at some point, illegal or not.

bosco

Where can I get a fake ID? My driver's licence expired during the lockdown and my appointment with the MVA was cancelled. I'm driving around with the expired license and the appointment cancellation notice in case the cops profile me for the legendary broken taillight. [scared]

Nancy Day

Maybe a couple of days in lock up will help.

hayduke2

Good luck- hope your neighbors don’t harbor any grudges.

vodalone

There are times when you have to put politics aside, this is one of them. This is a global pandemic affecting literally everyone on the planet. This is a human being in need of healthcare, it's the humane and moral thing to provide it. End of story.

hayduke2

There is only one human race.

TomWheatley

That's what I keep telling the Census Bureau every 10 years and on every form that asks for my 'race'. I write in Human.

KellyAlzan

👍🏻

MD1756

Are you sending your life savings to people in other countries who are starving? Given your comment, if not why not?

MD1756

Seems like a task for charities not governments. Governments should not tax citizens to aid and abet illegal immigrants and illegal immigration. To those who are really worried about the illegal immigrants' situations in their home countries, why don't you help bring in people from other parts of the world (or push our governments to help) where conditions are much worse than in Central America? And yes People abusing drugs, companies and individuals who hire illegal immigrants because they're cheap labor, and governments that spend moeny to support them are all part of the problem in addition to the illegal immigrants themselves.

francesca_easa

I concur with this sentiment. We should not be footing the bill for noncitizens. They should not be entering the U.S. illegally. Every international exchange student I was assigned to manage who came to work seasonal jobs in the summer had to show $8,000 in savings, English proficiency, proof of work and health insurance. The same rules should be applied across the board.

Obadiah Plainsmen

The issue here is not her immigration status, the issue is the cost and availability of testing for ALL who are in Frederick County. This is a very rich county the county should make free testing available for All people, only proof of residence is required. Since this Country/ County is operating under a National Health Emergency the use of a fake ID or immigration status is a law enforcement issue not a healthcare issue.

Francine

Give this sick human being healthcare. Nobody deserves to be abandoned in a country with so much abundance as ours. THEN yank the fake ID! The fact that she openly talks about it to reporters is the sign that there is no law that is sacred and that is very scary.

User1

If I can’t get a test being a 66 year old US citizen for all my life why should someone here illegally get tested before me? They can afford healthcare if they only stop sending most of their savings “back home” to family members!

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bosco

Yep, all of the open borders, free stuff for everybody, Trump haters will also be here to comment bright and early. Never mind that "undocumented" means they broke our immigrations laws to get here, jumped the line of people waiting to immigrate legally, and are using fake IDs to do it.

Please explain why breaking into our country is OK with you when there are established lawful procedures to immigrate here legally.

KellyAlzan

It’s quite a compliment when people use your creativity :)

Thanks for the support Stealerfan :)

steelersfan2005

^A true "lead commenter" wouldn't harass the public.

anglin_fool

What steelersfan said..

KellyAlzan

I LOVE IT!!!

BRANDING!!!

ima start a ‘Lead Commenter’ clothing line!

Www.leadcommenter.com/apparel

steelersfan2005

that is fringing on my lead commenter rights.

Jeepers11md

What is wrong with this picture? Here illegally #1 which is against our law she said she pays taxes? How can she when she has no ssn ? Sorry she got sick but does not deserve money from honest tax payers no free medical care i a taxpaying citizen none of my family has been tested but she deserves it?

KellyAlzan

Illegal immigrants pay billions into the payroll tax system. Nothing new. Most employees are not cash based businesses

steelersfan2005

They also drain the economy and services too.

KellyAlzan

Oh? Like more than any American on welfare?

jagman

There is a difference here KA. We are stuck with the genuine American citizens that suck on the welfare system. It's not illegal to be lazy.

However, we can rid ourselves of the illegal aliens that do. Cut off the blood supply (jobs) and the problem will solve itself.

KellyAlzan

Jag - so then import milk beef and fruits from China?

jagman

Obviously you agree with my statement. Thus the need to move on to a new subject.

User1

And you know this how? Then why are illegals COSTING local cities/states BILLIONS for healthcare, food stamps, childcare and other services? Look it up.

alexlec23

Only legal permanent residents who have met residency time requirements are eligible for benefits like food stamps. People who are undocumented cannot get those benefits for themselves.

awteam2000

Why not simply post your resources?

You know, you are the one throwing out a bogus cost in healthcare, food stamps, childcare and other services with no supporting resource. Oh, I forgot you are racist. But done like to be called racist. You preferred to be called ”a Trump supporter” MAGA. Yes, “ it’s my right to drink Clorox bleach, Trump says it will save me. “ Meanwhile, Trump ordered food processing plant employees back to work. Guess who works there?

Can I sign you up for a year supply of ‘Hydroxychloroquine?’ Trump takes it.

Nancy Day

Does your family need a test, 11? Do they have -19 symptoms? If yes, chances are high you will get a test. Otherwise, start acting like a human being.

steelersfan2005

"she was required to show her identification card, which she said was fake." And why didn't the reporter ask her why her ID was fake? So she using a fake document which is illegal on top of being here illegally? But that is okay. [scared]

jsklinelga

Illegal immigration has been a topic which evokes anger. Such as does her fake ID allow her to vote. I am sure during the last election there were more than 3 million of these fake IDs But...

These are people. This is a crisis. Things are harder for undocumented folks, naturally, but I cannot imagine anyone who would not want them cared for in a humane way, especially during this pandemic. I would hope some Republicans in our county system would put politics aside and vocally support to help these folks. Loud voices from just Democrats would become snarled in politics.

steelersfan2005

First she would need to go get a REAL ID, like the rest of us.....First she must show she wants to be here legally, but using a fake ID tells a different tale.

country1usa

Sorry this lady is sick. But if she has a fake ID why is she here in the first place and why does she think she is entitled to anything. Anyone going to work sick and knowingly spreading this illness should be penalized. If this is allowed to happen we are all going to be right back to square one or worst.

gardenwhimsey

Are all of the people who ate the food she made and wore the masks she made likely to get the virus from her products? I doubt that she was wearing a mask and gloves while she was making them.

steelersfan2005

"Gonzalez worked as a house cleaner". Just think of who's houses she contaminated.

Talia818

She wasn't working so nobody's ! She said she has been trying to go back to work that's why she was making food and mask . If you have any house cleaner coming to your house to clean right now that's on you your putting your self at risk ,

captainamericarules

I was thinking the same thing. I bet her kitchen is CORVID ground zero. It would be I teresting to track out cases from her.

User1

And normally there are multiple families living in the same apartment so how does that figure for infections?

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