City of Brownsville helps keep immigrant community up-to-date during COVID-19 pandemic

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BROWNSVILLE — The immigrant community around the Rio Grande Valley is facing challenges during the pandemic. 

The City of Brownsville is receiving  a research grant from the New American Economy (NAE) to better understand the demographic of their immigration population during the pandemic.

Marina Zolezzi, assistant to the city manager said, “It’s understanding the number of workers for example in jobs that are on the front line of this pandemic, those examples are our grocery workers, our healthcare workers and any other workers on the front line and of that understanding what portion are immigrant population.”

Zolezzi said this research will also help better their emergency response efforts and challenges the immigrant community might face, like access to food.

“Communicating to our community regardless of status that there are resources out there to provide food, there’s been food distributions in our community so just continuing that communication of access to food, access to health care,” said Zolezzi.

In order for their immigrant community to effectively receive up to date information, Zolezzi said they will be creating information packets that is tailored to Spanish speakers. 

“Making sure that anything that is out there, they can help us translate into Spanish, always have that material produced in English and Spanish.”

This research will be given to the City of Brownsville by the end of the month to ensure that the immigrant community is informed with the city’s emergency planning. 

Zolezzi adds this research will not only help with their current COVID-19 efforts but any future emergency responses.

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