Houston mayor works to dispel deportation rumors, urges illegal immigrants to seek flood assistance

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is urging illegal immigrants to seek flood-related assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, reports the Washington Examiner.

His message comes amid rumors that those reporting to shelters would be asked about their immigration status and asked to produce documentation. 

The City of Houston noted in a duo Monday night tweets, one in Spanish and one in English, “We will not ask for immigration status or papers from anyone at any shelter. This rumor is FALSE!” 

City of Houston @HoustonTX

WE WILL NOT ASK FOR IMMIGRATION STATUS OR PAPERS AT ANY SHELTER. No vamos a pedir documentos ni estatus migratorio en ningun albergue

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Earlier that day, Turner, who is an attorney, told reporters, “There is absolutely no reason why anyone should not call. And I and others will be the first ones to stand up with you. If someone comes and they require help and then for some reason [someone] tries to deport them, I will represent them myself.”

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