A stack of hospital bills and about $7,000 in debt on a used 2013 Toyota Corolla were all that remained of his papá.
In July, an immigrant laborer in Arkansas lost his father, who had been a poultry-plant worker, to COVID-19. The 30-year-old son also contracted the deadly disease, ended up hospitalized but survived. However, the illness cost him weeks of pay, while he battled for his life against the infection.
Now, the man, who declined to use his name for this article for fear of potentially losing his job and jeopardizing his U.S. legal status, is back at work, in manufacturing near Springdale, Ark. He is one of an estimated 55 million essential workers on America’s…