The Oregon Worker Relief Coalition is a statewide network of community-based organizations dedicated to providing assistance to immigrant Oregonians excluded from federal and state safety-net programs.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased social inequality and health vulnerabilities in marginalized communities.

Many immigrants and refugees work in jobs that are key to the state’s prosperity including farm workers, food-processing workers, housekeepers, construction workers, landscapers, caregivers and day laborers. Workers without legal status typically carry out their work for low pay and, faced with job losses, have few resources to meet their basic needs during this crisis.

It is imperative that we continue to invest resources into the Oregon Worker Relief Fund and work with community advocates and leaders to develop a permanent solution to this decades-long exclusion of immigrant families. 

The Facts

  • One in every 10 Oregon children live with a family member who is undocumented.1
  • Immigrants contribute immensely to Oregon’s economic health
    • One in eight workers in Oregon is an immigrant, together making up an essential share of the state’s labor force across industries.2 
    • Undocumented Oregonians pay about $81 million annually in state and local taxes.3 
    • Over 13 percent of Oregon’s workforce are immigrants. 4
    • In 2015, over 28,000 immigrant business owners in Oregon generated $470.6 million in business income.
    • Immigrant-led households paid more than $2.5 billion in federal and state taxes in 2014.

Partner Organizations Include:

See the full coalition and endorsers.
View the most recent data snapshot of our coalition’s work.

1 https://www.ocpp.org/2020/04/06/oregon-immigrant-workers-excluded-federal/
2 https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/immigrants-oregon
3 https://www.ocpp.org/2017/04/17/undocumented-workers-pay-taxes/
4 https://www.migrationpolicy.org/data/state-profiles/state/workforce/OR