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Disaster Relief For Immigrants Not Enough For All Who Need It

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While many other restaurant workers are able to apply for unemployment, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for help. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
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The state of California and philanthropies are close to meeting a $125 million goal to help immigrants who are struggling through the pandemic but don't qualify for unemployment.

The demand far surpasses the funds available however, and accessing the relief fund has been challenging.

Two weeks in, the phone lines are still jammed at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of LA, or CHIRLA, one of a dozen organizations designated to take applications from immigrants in their respective communities.

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