Things are bad in Flint, Michigan…really bad. It’s hard to imagine, but it’s even worst for some.
See, in order to get clean, free, bottled water from distribution centers, you need identification. Undocumented immigrants don’t have that and are terrified of deportation if they show up at these centers.
Take Lucia. She’s been living in this country for 23 years and more than a decade just in Flint: “I got close to see what they were giving out, and it was water. And the first thing they asked me for was my license.” She left because she was afraid of being arrested and deported. This is the case for all of the 1,000 undocumented immigrants living in Flint.
The contaminated water crisis began when the city of Flint switched their water source from Lake Huron to Flint River in order to save money. The residents were never warned about the existence of lead in the water leaching from pipes and contaminating drinking water. The contamination was so severe that Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in January.
Luckily for many undocumented immigrants, churches, like St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and their volunteers have been distributing clean water, no questions asked.
Learn more about the water crisis in Flint here.