63 Groups to Homeland Security, Health Departments: Protect Flint’s Immigrant CommunityChildren of Immigrants
By Michael Oleaga
Dozens of civil rights and immigrant rights groups have called on the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) to provide protections for immigrants living in Flint, Michigan.
Fear of Deportation Still Alive in Flint
Immigrant families, with members lacking identification, have reportedly refrained from collecting free clean water due to fear government officials will detain the individual over their immigration status.
In a letter signed by 63 organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Detention Watch Network, National Immigration Forum, National Immigrant Justice Center, New York Immigration Coalition and United We Dream, the groups commended DHS for not conducting enforcement operations at or near locations where clean water distribution occurs but more must be done to ensure the health and safety of Flint’s immigrants.
The 63 groups have asked DHS and HHS to …