Local organizations and nonprofits are working to address the needs of the international community and the undocumented community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The issue they’re facing right now is, of course, unemployment,” said Maria Herrera, executive director of the Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland.

Herrera said many people in the undocumented community work in positions that have been hit hard economically by the pandemic.

“They can’t collect unemployment,” she said. “They have an inability to collect any funds at this time. So they’re left with nothing.”

The Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland has two locations, one is Silver Spring and one in Frederick.

The organization works with the international community and offers immigration assistance, translation services, healthcare assistance and employment assistance.

They also help victims of domestic violence and have a partnership with Frederick County Public Schools.

Undocumented people aren’t eligible to receive unemployment or stimulus checks.

Many people in the undocumented community also don’t have healthcare, which can lead to a lot of fear about getting COVID-19. They fear, because of their legal status, seeking necessary medical attention.

Getting to a grocery store or a food bank can also present a problem because they both typically require transportation, which requires income.

The Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland is working with community organizations such as the Frederick Community Action Agency, Iglesia de Dios Comunitaria Internacional, the YMCA of Frederick County and the Ausherman Family Foundation to provide food, supplies and gift cards to people in need.

“We have tried to deliver as much food to the doorsteps as we possibly could and deliver food to areas where people can walk to get the food so that they do not have to incur the cost of transportation,” Herrera said.

The organization has distributed over 500 bags of food in recent weeks.

They have also been calling people who do not have medical assistance to see if they need help filling out applications and registering them with the Frederick Community Action Agency as well as calling families to see how they’re doing and what their immediate needs are.

Herrera said the nonprofit community has come together to see how they can best help people in need.

At this time, some of the biggest needs are personal hygiene items such as shampoo and soap and care items such as diapers and wipes.

“If anyone is available and willing to donate some of those things … that would be very, very helpful,” Herrera said.

Donations can be made to the Frederick Community Action Agency and they will then be distributed where they are needed.

Herrera said if people need help or have questions, they can reach out to the Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland.

Follow Hannah on Twitter: @hannah_himes.

(66) comments

Jaco

Try to show or demonstrate some love and caring for ALL human beings and other living things. You might be surprised at how much better you’ll feel.

bosco

I'd feel better is our immigration laws were enforced and sanctuary cities didn't receive one dime from the federal government until they obeyed all laws, not just the ones they like.

Street92

Jaco, spare me your manipulative drivel. Criminals are criminals, including the "undocumented."

bosco

Classic transfer of accountability. Take the focus off of the criminal and demonize those who enforce the law and those who want the laws enforced.

Lev928

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are not entitled to ANY tax-supported funding, much less general federal, state or local assistance.

Lev928

The correct terminology, under the U.S. Constitution and federal law, is ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT. Deny it all you want, but that's the reality of it.

KR999

Sorry Lev, but I disagree. The correct terminology for those people is "Illegal alien." See rik's post below.

rikkitikkitavvi

Illegal alien terminology

The 14th Amendment

This website uses the correct term, illegal alien, for those who sneak into our country in violation of our immigration laws.

To clarify, an alien is any person who is not a citizen or national of the United States. An immigrant is an alien admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident.

An illegal alien is someone who enters the United States without immigration inspection or without an appropriate visa authorizing entry.

The term illegal immigrant is often used interchangeably with illegal alien. However, the correct term for a person entering the United States unlawfully is illegal alien.

The politically-correct phrase undocumented immigrant has no legal basis - it is simply a term used by those who support open borders as an attempt to reframe terminology used in the immigration debate.

A permanent resident alien is an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residency. Permanent residents are also sometimes referred to as immigrants. Note that the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) broadly defines an immigrant as any alien in the United States, except one legally admitted under specific nonimmigrant categories (INA section 101(a)(15)).

Only legal permanent residents may reside permanently in the United States. The Department of State issues visas for this purpose. Other agencies can adjust one's immigration status to permanent resident alien.

A non-resident alien is an temporary resident of the United States who is invited a specific purpose. The alien must have a permanent residence abroad (for most classes of admission) and qualify for the desired nonimmigrant classification.

For more information, see the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Glossary and Terms. Also see US State Department information.

KR999

Great post, rik. Unfortunately, while you, I and all other American patriots agree with it, the socialists will make every effort to disparage it. And that's simply because they cannot only face the truth, they also live in their own little "I only approve laws that I agree with" world. Real Americans they are not.

captainamericarules

Can we just stop using the term undocumented? And does anyone else find it absurd we would even need to think about letting illegal aliens file for unemployment? Can I sneak into the UK and get any kind of entitlement? When a criminal loses a job due to imprisonment, can thet get unemployment? What about part time student employees, what entitlement do they get?

DickD

SMH The undocumented are here illegally and we need to support them. They send their money back to the country they come from and they came here for jobs. .There currently no jobs for them so why are they staying?

rikkitikkitavvi

Free Stuff from Democrats? Just a thought.

Street92

Plenty of US citizens who pay their taxes, register their vehicles, and so on, who reside in Frederick County and are now unemployed due to the shutdown. Many of these people are also denied the benefit of pandemic cash, unemployment or even health insurance because they’re self employed or contractors. So, spare me this illegal-alien nonsense. Their very presence in our communities is criminal.

#EndTheShutdown #BackToWork

KR999

Well, well, well. I see our little troll is out this fine morning, both firing the first shot with her insults to people and wishing them a happy Easter. No surprise there.

Alice Jones

there's the easter bully.

KR999

Among all the names you post under, don't you have an Easter one you can use for today, like Mrs. Judas?

KR999

This from an obvious schizophrenic. [lol][lol][lol]

KR999

This from an obvious schizophrenic. [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol]

KR999

An exact number for how many illegal aliens (the proper term for them, Ms. Himes, not "undocumented residents,") is impossible to ascertain, but estimates put it at 10.5M - 12M. Seems to me that's 10.5M - 12M more chances for this lethal virus to spread. Chances which endanger even more the health of legal citizens. All of them could have come here legally, and could be applying for citizenship, but only a small fraction of them ever do. Now they're paying the price for flaunting our laws.

francesca_easa

Too many groups and agencies feeding off the federal and US trough. Their home countries should be supporting them. Housing for all the refugees and illegal border crossers should be used as hospital tents and quarantine areas for our own citizens. Can you believe that the WHO and IMF are already asking for money from the US and other wealthy countries? Really appalling. And other countries in the world are getting tired of this scenario too.

Alice Jones

too many groups? oh, you mean the burrowers at 1600? yes, you are correct on that one. feeding from the trough? you're a real human being. Happy Easter.

francesca_easa

Yes, Alice. I stand by my comments.

KR999

Well put fran, very well put! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

rikkitikkitavvi

"You have to ask yourself sam: Is Stage- 4 TDS considered an underlying morbidity? Well...is it ****?

KR999

Annnnnnnnnnd, another most mature comment from our most juvenile commenter...…..SammyAlice!!!

Alice Jones

and it's the easter bully.

KR999

And it's the Easter Bit@h.

rikkitikkitavvi

[thumbup]fran

jsklinelga

The comments seem a little harsh for Easter Morning. Undocumented. Yes. Amd that has caused some problems in our country. But these folks hurting a little bit as are the people throughout our economy that have undocumented income. In times of trouble like this they are just people. Glad folks are helping out.

steelersfan2005

They should have thought of that before coming to this country illegally.

Alice Jones

another real human being.

rmaghan1

Alice in Wonderland...they are here illegally, they know it and pay nothing into the system. I’m sure you have Jane Fonda over for Easter so the two of you can collaborate on socialism

Alice Jones

thank you magan. and you and first lady jeri k can sashay around town in yourfavorite sun dresses and discuss ladies fashions.

KR999

You know nothing about being a real human being. A jerk? Yes, but not a human being, Salice.

KR999

And you and your wife can sashay around town in your black leather and discuss the merits of liberalism. That ought to keep you busy for a good, what, two/three minutes?

Alice Jones

pitiful bullying reed.

KR999

And even more pitiful bullying from you, Sammypoo. You've shown it with every post your huge, sorry butt made today.

KR999

I agree 100%, steelersfan. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

DickD

You support illegals Jim?

jsklinelga

DickD

That is an odd question Easter morning. The surge of undocumented workers had a big impact on my self-employment but right now people might be struggling. Especially the ones that can not go home during this epidemic.People.

rmaghan1

Why can’t they go home? ICE has plenty on one way tickets available

KR999

rmaghan1, good point. But, they didn't need ICE to get here, they don't need ICE to go back. Wouldn't you agree?

Dwasserba

[thumbup]jsk

steelersfan2005

I wonder if they think America is still the best place to live now, since they can't milk the benefits illegally.

mr_twist27

Is this article supposed to make us feel sad for illegal aliens because they dont pay taxes and aren't eligible for the stimulus and unemployment benefits? There are millions of legal citizens who have paid taxes their whole lives that are struggling to pay their mortgage and put food on the table.

rikkitikkitavvi

May we call them "Americans" instead of "legal citizens"? The tone is somewhat less contentious. Don't you think?

rmaghan1

Uh, no because there not Americans their illegal aliens

rmaghan1

100% spot on...the FNP is as Libby as it gets hence this slanted article

KR999

I couldn't agree more!!!!! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

bosco

Might be a good time for them to head south and seek asylum and sanctuary in Mexico. As of yesterday, Mexico has 4,219 cases of Covid-19, 1,722 recoveries, and 273 deaths.

fnpzwack

Go home.

Alice Jones

go back to your parents basement.

fnpzwack

Go back to Rockville.

KR999

Is that the name of the rock she lives under?

Alice Jones

well, reed, people use a stick to get you out of the treads of their shoes when they accidentally step on you.

KR999

And I used to shovel the likes of you when I worked on a horse farm 50 years ago, Samlice. The only purpose you serve is to help make crops grow.

Alice Jones

and i am sure the horses and cows mistook you for a dung pile many times, reed.

KR999

No Sammy, even dumb animals wouldn't mistake me for you.

rmaghan1

Glad to see human being caring for each other during this tragic pandemic so this comment is not meant to be heartless rather stating the obvious/facts. With that said, this article reads as if we should feel sorry for folks here illegally which in itself is breaking the law because their not getting a stimulus check from a system where they have paid $0. Are you serious??SMH that “undocumented residents” is now the politically correct term for illegal aliens. Wonder what their non-tax paying burden was country wide with COVID.....and we paid aid to the countries where their suppose to live. So let’s not pitty them too much like Hanna Himes@FNP implies because their not getting stimulus checks, spare me.

last i checked landscaping companies were still operating along with contstruction. drive by the home depot on 40 in the mornings and look at all the hispanics waiting to get picked up for these jobs, once again every tom, dick and harry organization is using this pandemic to plead their case for more free stuff from the government.

User1

Like how they also keep to “social distancing” when you see 6 or more hop out of a pickup truck to mow grass. If they stop sending all that money back to Honduras or El Salvador and use it to become “legal” they’d be better off.

phydeaux994

It’s downright crazy, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens are designated as ESSENTIAL workers. Agricultural workers.

rbtdt5

That's good, if they are all working then they really don't need the stimulus checks.

User1

Didn’t realize that Marylinistan had that much agricultural business. Bring back the cotton fields!

Alice Jones

ignorant statement. no surprise there.

KR999

This from the Queen Of Ignorant Statements. Hail the Queen!

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