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Bummer: Hurricane Matthew Causes All Sorts Of Problems For Illegals

Friday, October 7, 2016 13:03
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Over at Grist, Excitable Rebecca Leber is whining about Matthew bringing out the weather deniers (she might have a little bit of a point, though, if you look at the bouy and surface level data, not seeing much which says “hurricane!” much less “major hurricane!”). Then you have her compatriot with this bit of wackadoodleness

Matthew is bringing out the climate wackos in force. Here’s Esther Yu Hsi Lee in Stuck On Stupid mode

Hurricanes like Matthew leave undocumented immigrants with fewer options to rebuild

Undocumented immigrants living in Florida may have the most to lose as Hurricane Matthew hit the state Thursday night, bringing with it dangerous storm surge, destructive winds, and flooding rainfall.

Florida has about 610,000 undocumented immigrants, who contribute more than $588 million in state and local taxes according to recent calculations. But because of their legal status in the country, they are prohibited from receiving some forms of disaster assistance since they are less likely to be insured and may not have Social Security numbers to qualify for aid.

Right. They have the most to lose. In that case, all 610,000 can get the hell out and go back where they came from illegally.

“All individuals, regardless of citizenship status, that have been impacted by a Hurricane are eligible for short-term, non-cash, in-kind emergency disaster relief programs,” a FEMA spokesperson told ThinkProgress via email. Programs include search and rescue, medical care, shelter, food and water, as well as “Disaster Legal Services and Crisis Counseling.”

And then they should be deported.


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