Undocumented Immigrants Still In Post-Storm Limbo

| February 11, 2013 1:09 PM

Midland Beach — When New York City unveiled plans last Wednesday to spend the bulk of its first $1 billion in federal aid for Hurricane Sandy on loans and grants for homeowners and on shoring up public housing and utility networks against future disasters, there was no mention of one of its most unprotected populations – undocumented immigrants.

The funds represent nearly $1.8 billion destined for the city in the first stage of a $51 billion federal recovery package for New York and neighboring states. “These funds will help New Yorkers who were the hardest hit by Sandy get back on their feet and help communities build back,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The plans include $350 million in grants for 9,300 low-to-moderate-income owners of single-family homes, and $250 million on grants and low-interest loans for repairs on nearly 13,000 units of low-to-middle-income homes and apartments.

The most vulnerable New Yorkers bore the brunt of the storm’s wrath – middle- and lower-income households, or those less able to quickly recover from a disaster of such magnitude. The undocumented were particularly susceptible, even those who had children or grandchildren born in the United States and thus eligible for federal aid.

“There’s a lot of confusion and uncertainty,” says Sara Cullinane, Sandy relief coordinator for the non-profit Make the Road New York, a grassroots organization assisting storm victims on Long Island and Staten Island. “I knew it was a disaster when it hit but it feels like there’s a second disaster, which is just figuring out how to access aid and how to make the system work.”

Last week, a spokeswoman for Bloomberg said in an email that “details for the recovery programs … are in the process of being worked out.” Governor Cuomo’s office did not return a call seeking comment.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Francis/100003689645540 Dave Francis

    NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD EVEN SUGGEST THIS? THE TIME
    HAS COME FOR A MANDATORY ID CARD.

    The most logical answer to asserting some major
    enforcement on the 11 million (this number is upwards by at least another 10
    million) is the illegal alien invasion is for Congress to implement on a
    mandatory basis a National ID card. (to halt non-citizens voting in election) Our
    Social Security number has been massively compromised of millions of citizens
    and legal immigrant’s identities stolen on a nationwide, procured by criminals
    and illegal migrants and immigrants. Any good private investigator can quickly enlighten
    an individual, that illegal or otherwise can obtain out diseased persons Social
    Security number and use it without little chance of being caught? And this is
    just one instance on how to claim any person’s identity? Approximately 15
    million United States residents have their identities used fraudulently with financial
    losses totaling upwards of $50 billion each year according to reporting agencies.
    Stealing people’s identities have become a dark cloud over credit reports,
    which can wreck a person’s integrity and ability to buy medical insurance; a home
    mortgages, rental housing; an automobile, RV, boat, small business theft, and
    other forms of financing and loans; and even Social Security government checks
    can be compromised?

    Theft of your personal information can stop you for
    being getting a good job. So why with millions of peoples livelihoods at stake,
    do the lawmakers have no apprehension of this growing issue ruining people,
    through no fault of their own? Out of this ominous identity quagmire why has
    not more been accomplished in this archaic ID that is used; although it was not
    in its exception used for identification? I am very suspicious about the
    implications of our elected officials generating profits out of daily
    disclosure of men of women’s grief? Springing up like weeds over the last two
    generations many security companies publicizing they can detect attempts to
    access your bank account, or even purchase a car, a mortgage on a house. Could
    it be that certain disposed participants in Congress, have invested in these
    companies and are staying silently in the background, yet collecting
    considerable profits? If you don’t know already many of these elected servants
    in Washington, have weighty portfolio’s, that are not in the best wellbeing of
    the common man; we are bought and paid for, by special interests. This type of unethical situation is not
    illegal, but it is at the financial cost to all Americans. Is this why
    Washington has no compliance to mandatory upgrade our identity?

    The Cost of a few billion dollars to produce a safe,
    biometric identification card and distribute it to every American would
    overtime save trillions of dollars as illegal aliens would be outlawed. An ID
    of this nature could be used for identification at the Bureau of Motor
    Vehicles, for voting in elections, for proof of right to work in the United
    States, and many other needs associated with keeping your credit worthiness or
    your security safe from prying eyes. Close to 100 million additional Americans
    have their personal identifying information placed in peril of identity theft annually?
    Even records maintained in government and corporate data bases have been lost
    or stolen. These alarming statistics illuminate identity theft may be the most
    frequent, costly and insidious crime in this nation. As the new digital tools
    used to positive overhaul to stop identity theft, so do the types of accounts
    and services being stolen by identity criminals;

    Credit, debit, checking and savings accounts are no
    longer the only target. Identity fraud
    has grown to include theft of cellular and landline phone services and even cable,
    satellite television service; power, water, gas and electric service are not exempt
    from tampering. Buying and selling from across the globe on the World Wide Web
    has become a victim. Identity thieves will also use stolen identities to obtain
    employment and to deceive police when arrested. Children are vulnerable to
    theft of their social security at birth, hence their identity which are used by
    illegal aliens to get hired in the workplace. Sorry that we have come to this
    place in globalized world of computers and data bases, but now we should insist
    on a card that would save us from future frustration and furious hopelessness
    that any American can be stuck with bad credit, because somebody unknown had
    stolen a wallet or purse. Personal ID needs to be updated, with a thumb print
    and an auxiliary retinal scan that can thwart the majority of criminals. The SS
    number is to easy to acquire from many sources and we need something urgently
    to eradicate this ugly blemish that hurts us all.

    JUST AS WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BOMBARD CONGRESS THAT
    ILLEGAL ALIENS SHOULD NOT BE REWARDED FOR BREAKING OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, FOR AS
    IT SEEMS WITH THE TRAITORS AMONGST THE LIBERAL-DEMOCRATS AND SOME REPUBLICANS THAT
    ARE READY TO ENACT ANOTHER DEVASTATING PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. WE AS AMERICANS CAN
    ALSO INFLUENCE THE SENATE AND HOUSE BY INSISTING ON A NATIONAL ID. IN THE LONG
    RUN TRILLIONS OF YOUR DOLLARS WOULD BE SAVED AGAINST A WHOLE NEW OCCUPATION OF
    ID THEFT.

    My friend in California used to make a great living
    installing Commercial heating and air conditioning. Simi Valley, just on the
    outskirts of Los Angeles pushed for stringent regulations regarding contractors
    and intimidating professionals with a fine of $5000.00 and a loss of licenses.
    In came contractors using illegal labor, underbidding long time professionals
    and skirting laws. This type of innocuous working routine has become prominent
    around the country by contractors using illegal alien labor to undermine honest
    business owners.

    Thousands of Americans would be free from this piece
    of utterly worthless paper on which this SS number is evident. My own identity
    was stolen at my office, but I was only taken for $3600 dollars while I was
    away in hospital. At the time I didn’t know the procedure for reporting the
    theft and was rewarded with my credit being partially ruined. My wife was
    credit was also taken by an unknown and in addition my brother in law also
    found himself in the same predicament.

    How many people really trust the polls, especially
    when they have their own agenda? The Rasmussen poll Reports are more genuine
    than the ones administered by the mainstream newspapers, who have a lean
    towards the Liberal biased idea of government, who already have partaken in a
    whole bunch of propaganda thrown into the daily headlines about illegal
    immigration.

    Attention to all moderate Liberals, Independents,
    Democrats, Republicans including the TEA PARTY, President Obama in the State of
    the Union address needs to reassure all the population that he will allow the
    KEYSTONE OIL PIPELINE out of Canada the Right of Way? If you are frustrated
    with currently paying $4.00 a gallon for gas, this would alleviate most of the
    suffering and additionally relief the rising U.S. treasury of $16 Trillion dollar
    deficit and climbing. WE DON”T NEED TO RELY ON THE EXPLODING MIDDLE EAST FOR
    OIL IN OUR FUTURE? As an addition read about the current cost of supporting the
    illegal alien invasion at NumbersUSA, Judicial Watch, American Patrol and many
    more organizations to keep our country solvent. A petition can be found at
    NumbersUSA to speak out against this insanity, so you better become active now?
    Millions more will keep coming unless we close these loopholes for good and as
    always–we will pay with our tax dollars as usual? OH! And don’t forget to
    demand the double layer fences that President Bush passed in 2006?

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