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Undocumented Residents Struggle To Recover After Hurricanes Without Assistance

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While millions of people in Mexico, the United States and Puerto Rico rebuild after a month filled with catastrophic natural disasters, there is one group struggling silently. Undocumented residents in the U.S. are the least assisted and most vulnerable population when it comes to natural disaster and recovery efforts. Why? Because they do not qualify for any government assistance. When their homes and belongings are lost to disaster, they do not receive the same aid as their neighbors.

A recent story by NPR’s Marketplace exposes this reality for the undocumented community trying to rebuild in Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey. They followed Ingrid, an undocumented Honduran immigrant who came to Houston 12 years ago, as she tried to start the recovery process. A mother of four, her husband was deported to Mexico just one week before the hurricane hit.

FEMA offers up to $33,000 in cash assistance for every household impacted by natural disasters. For Ingrid, she is only allowed to apply on behalf of her US-born children, who are ages 12, 10, 6 and 3 months. However, having children that are citizens did not guarantee her any assistance. In fact, she never even received any.

“I filled out an application with FEMA but they still haven’t responded,” Ingrid told Marketplace. “They haven’t sent me anything. They’ve told me nothing. I don’t have any idea what happened with that application. I’ve been to various organizations but none of them helped me.”

If you would like to learn more about how Ingrid is managing through the recovery, click here.

(H/T: Marketplace)

READ: ICE Took Undocumented Women And Children To A Bus Station That Had Canceled Service Because Of Hurricane Harvey

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After Allegedly Disappearing, Jesus Campos Appeared On Ellen To Set The Record Straight About The Las Vegas Shooting

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After Allegedly Disappearing, Jesus Campos Appeared On Ellen To Set The Record Straight About The Las Vegas Shooting

On a tense and emotional episode of “The Ellen Show,” Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos recounted the tragic events of the Las Vegas shooting that left 59 people dead. Although several media outlets had Campos down as “missing,” he appeared on “The Ellen Show” to give his harrowing account of the event.

Campos told Ellen he was doing regular rounds on the 39th floor — the same floor where shooter Stephen Paddock was staying. After noticing a hallway door that was blocked with brackets, Campos put in a call on his walkie-talkie so a hotel engineer could check it out. Campos heard what he referred to as the sound of drilling, which he ignored, assuming it was construction work in a hotel room. The drilling sound was the shooter, who had already begun his shooting spree.

Campos then walked out of the stairwell, letting the door slam behind him. Moments later, Paddock began shooting in Campos’ direction, through a hotel room door rigged with cameras. One of the bullets caught Campos in the thigh. Campos called “shots fired” over his walkie and a hotel guest exited her room and saw what was going on. Campos told her to stay in her room, potentially saving her life. Shortly after, Mandalay Bay engineer Stephen Schuck arrived on the scene just as more shooting commenced. Campos was already on the floor taking cover. Had it not been for Campos, who spotted Schuck and told him to duck and cover, Schuck could have possibly been hit by gunfire.

Throughout the interview, you can see how difficult it is for Campos to recount the tale. Schuck thanks him several times for saving his life. And when given the opportunity to address people, he thanks the other service members, first responders, hospital workers and law enforcement who arrived on the scene. Neither Campos or Shuck wanted praise or rewards — both men declined financial help — but Ellen found a way to give these guys a heroes reward anyway.

Check out the video above to see how she paid back these heroes.

READ: Security Guard Jesus Campos Is Being Hailed As A Hero After Leading Police To Mandalay Bay Shooter

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