Workers living paycheck to paycheck find they will not be paid for lost time – and without papers, many lack recourse to emergency funds

After wildfire and mudslides ravaged Montecito, the little California town had at least one consolation: the trauma united the community.

Everyone had suffered in some way. Flames scorched the hillsides last December in the biggest wildfire in California’s modern history. Weeks later torrential rain unleashed huge mudflows, killing at least 21 people, destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands to flee.

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