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Harvey wreaks havoc on undocumented [illegal alien] immigrants

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[From article] FEMA also distributes up to two months of rental assistance to occupants of homes made uninhabitable in the natural disasters but requires that at least one U.S. citizen or legal resident reside at the dwelling
Article author: 
Aamer Madhani
Article publisher: 
USA TODAY
Article date: 
September 4, 2017
Article category: 
National News
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Magdalena and her family made it through Hurricane Harvey intact ...

Before the storm, Magdalena — who asked to only be identified by her first name because she is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador living in the U.S. illegally— and her household of seven were barely subsisting ...

But many undocumented immigrants in Houston in similarly difficult situations like Magdalena are wary of reaching out for government help because of the immigration stances staked out by President Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other politicians seeking to crack down on entry of unauthorized immigrants ...

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already approved more than $114 million in assistance to 161,000 survivors of Harvey.

Undocumented residents, however, are not eligible to make a claim with FEMA for cash assistance the agency distributes to victims of natural disasters who lost work because of the catastrophe. FEMA also distributes up to two months of rental assistance to occupants of homes made uninhabitable in the natural disasters but requires that at least one U.S. citizen or legal resident reside at the dwelling ...

In Magdalena's case, there are two legal residents in her household eligible to receive financial assistance for lost wages from FEMA. She and her family members told Rodriguez that they were uneasy about reaching out for aid because of her immigration status as well as a teenage relative in the house living in the U.S. illegally ...