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Protesters take to Vegas streets in support of immigrant workers

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Posted at 9:34 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 00:45:23-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Over 100 protesters gathered in cars Friday and took to Las Vegas Boulevard in a caravan to petition all immigrants and undocumented workers be included in the CARES Act during the COVID-19 crisis.

The group chanted, "We're immigrants, we're essential" and "Yes, we can" while holding flags and balloons on International Workers Day.

They said it was a call for action for both state and federal governments to give them the available relief benefits - a stimulus check - amid the pandemic.

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The protest comes after millions of undocumented people are working for essential businesses, some saying without any personal protective equipment, while not having access to health insurance.

"I believe this is very unjust and we need to be represented by our governor, I've been working in the United States for 31 years, paying my taxes. I have never got any money from the government, and I was denied my $1,200", said Miguel Barahona, one of the protesters at the Grant Sawyer Building.

In California, several undocumented workers will be receiving a $500 stimulus check, and the group wants something similar in Nevada.

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However, not everyone agrees they should get benefits like the stimulus check.

"If you're illegally in this country, you have no rights, just like if I went to Mexico illegally, I have no rights. Now, if I went to Mexico illegally and demanded a virus check, they would just laugh at me and say no. We're just going to take care of our citizens first, and immigrants are on the backburner," Coleen Jeffries said.

The group said it hopes their voices will be heard as they continue to fight for undocumented and immigrant workers.