Why this group of Californians is especially vulnerable to wildfires, pandemics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A deadly 2017 wildfire on California’s Central Coast underscored the vulnerability of the state’s undocumented immigrants and migrant workers, according to a new study that assessed who received help first from emergency response organizations.During the Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the study found well-off households tended to evacuate first and benefit from emergency aid while more vulnerable Californians continued going to work in unhealthy conditions and did not receive recovery assistance.Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are home to an estimate…

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