A recent article published by NPR highlights a very concerning issue in the lives of current immigrants hit by Hurricane Sandy. Needless to say, many homes were ruined and families devastated by Hurricane Sandy. However, although many have sought relief or been provided with some sort of aid, undocumented immigrants are not necessarily in the same position.
Undocumented immigrants are not receiving the help they need. Some undocumented families and individuals do not feel enough security to reach out, in fear that their immigration status will be revealed. Although they may be in dire need of simple commodities such as food or even money to rent new housing, their voices and issues are not being heard. However, on the other end of the spectrum, some undocumented immigrants are not aware of the opportunities that are available for their benefit or if they are aware, they don’t qualify for the support.
One woman interviewed for the article, Rosa Marie Ramirez, said, “It’s as if we came with nothing and have to start from the beginning.” Ramirez sets of the tone of the struggles that undocumented immigrants are facing. She elucidates how not nearly enough effort is being made to aid undocumented immigrants or to at least expose the kinds of help available. How can the United States expect immigrants, especially those who are undocumented, to effectively and positively participate in American society if we aren’t giving them the resources to lift themselves up to a decent living standard?