Last week, ABC12 reported that as many as 1,000 undocumented immigrants in Flint, Michigan, were not getting the supplies they needed during the city’s water crisis. Some undocumented immigrants were not informed of the crisis until recently while others feared revealing their status if they visited the water distribution centers, which are operated by the National Guard.
Worse, some distribution centers were posting “ID Required” signs on windows, going so far as denying water to immigrants who failed to produce a state-issued ID.
Since those reports surfaced, Michigan state officials clarified that no ID is required to receive free water resources and that no one will be turned away if they show no ID. Yet, with the recent increase in national immigration raids and in a state with a history of aggressive ICE raids, undocumented immigrants in Flint are understandably wary.
Local organizations, concerned community members, and churches wasted no time organizing efforts to distribute water directly to undocumented residents:
These volunteers are giving clean water to undocumented residents of Flint, Michigan because the authorities won’t https://t.co/oo0JQLSJr2
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 26, 2016
Some Gozamos readers are already driving to Flint this weekend with cases of water.
How to help undocumented immigrants in Flint get water:
BOTTLED WATER DROP-OFF LOCATION:
St. Mary’s Church
2500 N. Franklin Ave
Flint, MI 48506
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Make checks out to “St. Mary‘s Church” and write “Water” in memo.