Donations sought for ill immigration advocate

An undocumented worker who has been advocating for immigration reform has been hospitalized.

Jose Coyoté, a Livingston County dairy farm worker whose story was published in a Sept. 20, 2014, article in El Mensajero Católico (, was diagnosed with the parasitic infection cysticercosis. Doctors at Rochester General Hospital placed a tube in his brain to drain the liquid that resulted from the infection, according to information from Carly Fox, an activist with the Worker Justice Center.

Coyote, who was first hospitalized July 13, was recently transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital for anti-parasitic treatment.

The center has sent out a letter asking for financial support for his family while he recovers. He and his wife have four children, ages 7 to 15.

"He is known amongst the Latino community for his big heart and generosity, providing support to co-workers however he can when they experience financial or emotional hardship in the U.S.," the letter states.

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