It may seem I am harping on this subject but the story is simply enormous. Every day one more layer is peeled back.
This is what happens when the undocumented among us are left uninformed and too afraid to seek answers anyway.
In Flint, Michigan, where the municipal water supply has been contaminated with lead, undocumented immigrants have been turned away from getting emergency water at distribution centers because they couldn’t produce driver’s licenses.
Just three days ago, canvassers found family after family that wasn’t aware there was something wrong with the water.
Although Flint’s official water response team has distributed flyers alerting residents of the crisis, the materials were all in English. It wasn’t until a few days ago, after One Michigan for Immigrant Rights and the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation translated and printed flyers, that materials in Spanish were finally available. These groups also distributed the flyers — all with their own funds.
Edit to add:
It's just picking up water at a distribution center and why can't they just go buy some at the store? and they can and they do, but it adds up after a few days. The average cost of bottled water for a small family is $200 or more for one month. When you are low income, or on a fixed income, that is an expense hard to cover month after month.