Immigrants struggle in Sandy's aftermath

2012-11-24 22:45

New York - Superstorm Sandy has plunged many immigrants living illegally in the United States into darkness, and even deeper into the shadows.

Some who need help getting temporary housing and food are afraid to come forward because they risk deportation. Many have returned to damaged, powerless, mouldy homes because they have no other place to stay.

Mexican immigrant Miguel Alarcon Morales says the smell of humidity and seawater has worsened his toddler son's asthma and he is becoming ill, too.

Because his children were born in the US, he can apply for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Others who can't are turning to nonprofits and the Mexican consulate.

Advocates are stepping up their efforts to get help to immigrants in hard-hit areas, in some cases going to door to door.

  • hugh.robinson.56 - 2012-11-25 09:43

    Amazing how we are expected to feel sorry for criminals. They are illegals for god's sake. They should go home.

  • iam.breitbart.7 - 2012-11-25 20:12

    The Red Cross doesn't ask for your papers to determine your legality. Why focus on people who broke the law when reporting about the storm's aftermath? Illegal means not legal, therefore they do not belong in America. Duh. Focus on the real legal victims. This is a stupid article. What rights does SA give to those who are in the country illegally?

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