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Undocumented immigrants don’t qualify for help from FEMA

Oakland Park, Fla. – Dalia Mesa paced inside the scarcely furnished one-bedroom Oakland Park apartment she now calls home, placed both her hands on her stomach, rubbed her pregnant belly, and sighed a bit of relief now that she has a roof over her head.

Mesa and her husband, Armando Juarez, a construction worker, used their savings to move after Hurricane Wilma left their previous apartment just a few blocks away roofless, soaked and moldy.

They do not qualify for temporary housing or loans to rent an apartment or grants to replace damaged furniture. They are among the thousands of undocumented immigrants in South Florida who cannot count on aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help replace lost furniture, food, or gas after Hurricane Wilma. Continue Reading →

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