In Texas, thousands of people are taking shelter as floodwaters continue to rise.
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But one group might not be taking advantage of emergency services: undocumented immigrants.
Tropical Storm Harvey is pummeling the Gulf Coast just days before a controversial new immigration law is scheduled to go into effect. Senate Bill 4 allows local law enforcement to ask for proof of legal residency at any routine detention, like a traffic stop. It would also threaten police chiefs and sheriffs with jail time if they don’t help federal immigration officials.
The looming crackdown on illegal immigration is preventing some people from seeking help at shelters, out of fear that government officials there will ask to see their papers.
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