Immigrant hurricane victims turn to churches

Immigrant hurricane victims turn to churches

Ineligible for federal disaster aid, undocumented residents flock to houses of worship
Marta Rivera consoles her 10-year-old daughter, Santo, who sobbed as her mother described how she became more anxious about being deported since Donald Trump was elected president, during a meeting with an immigration advocate at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Houston. People living illegally in the United States fear that seeking federal disaster aid after Hurricane Harvey will result in getting deported, prompting them to turn to places of worship and private charities instead.
Marta Rivera, a 36-year-old Mexican woman, is surrounded by her children as she discusses Harvey’s aftermath and eligibility requirements for federal disaster aid with an immigration advocate at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Houston. Many in the country illegally fear that seeking federal disaster aid will result in getting deported, prompting them to turn to places of worship and charities instead. They are ineligible for federal aid but may apply on behalf of children with legal status. The application warns parents that information may be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose officers find and deport people.

Immigrant hurricane victims turn to churches

Marta Rivera consoles her 10-year-old daughter, Santo, who sobbed as her mother described how she became more anxious about being deported since Donald Trump was elected president, during a meeting with an immigration advocate at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Houston. People living illegally in the United States fear that seeking federal disaster aid after Hurricane Harvey will result in getting deported, prompting them to turn to places of worship and private charities instead.
Marta Rivera, a 36-year-old Mexican woman, is surrounded by her children as she discusses Harvey’s aftermath and eligibility requirements for federal disaster aid with an immigration advocate at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Houston. Many in the country illegally fear that seeking federal disaster aid will result in getting deported, prompting them to turn to places of worship and charities instead. They are ineligible for federal aid but may apply on behalf of children with legal status. The application warns parents that information may be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose officers find and deport people.
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