Latino Community Wary Of Federal Flood Aid

CHICAGO (WBBM) — In Chicago’s Latino community, there is concern that people are losing out on federal flood aid with the final deadline to apply fast approaching. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

The Federal Emergency Management Association has handed out more than $300 million in flood assistance.

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Anyone who had flood damage from the summer storms is eligible.

“This is tax dollars at work, a free reimbursement, a free subsidy from FEMA,” said Ald. Ricardo Munoz, of the Southwest Side’s 22nd Ward, where fear of deportation has prevented some from applying.

“They won’t [get deported],” said Munoz. “It’s against federal law. FEMA assistance is for people that are affected by disasters.”

All they need is one valid social security number, even from a child.

And there’s fear of inspectors.

“They’re not looking for building code violations and they’re not looking for illegal conversions in basements,” said Munoz.

Nov 17 is the deadline to submit an application.

  • Tracy

    Why are we giving money to illegals? Do they even pay taxes? I know I do, and ilegals are collecting it through FEMA. That’s a bunch of BS

  • JeanSC

    Too bad the authorities can’t take this opportunity to search for illegal aliens, building code violations, and illegal conversions in basements. Now and down the line, illegal aliens will be hired for some jobs instead of U.S. citizens, and all those building code violations will cause some fires which our fire department – not Mexico’s or some other Latin American country’s – will have to fight, and will cause some serious injuries and deaths.

  • Mike

    Tracy is right, It is BS. They shouldn’t receive anything and should be deported.

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