Among the potential victims of the Hurricane Harvey are hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who live in Houston and other hard-hit parts of Texas.
The storm is devastating the region just days before a new state law cracking down on sanctuary cities is slated to take effect. Advocates say it presents an entirely new set of challenges for a population already reeling from cranked-up state and federal enforcement of immigration laws.
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As the hurricane loomed, federal authorities and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, said undocumented immigrants should seek shelter from the storm and rising floodwaters. In a joint statement, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies said they would not target undocumented immigrants at evacuation sites, shelters
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