The mayor of Dallas, Texas reassured illegal immigrants affected by Hurricane Harvey that the city would not be checking their immigration status as they try to seek shelter there.
“We are not asking for immigration status or papers from anyone at any of our shelters. We are using every resource available to assist evacuees. Our priority is protecting and sheltering our fellow Texans. #HurricaneHarvey,” Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat, wrote Wednesday on his Facebook page.
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Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes due to record-setting rainfall and catastrophic flooding that has paralyzed parts of southeastern Texas.
Shelters in Houston, including the George R. Brown Convention Center, have reached capacity. Dallas opened a shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Tuesday, and Rawlings said
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