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No ID, No Water: Are ID’s Standing Between Flint Residents and Clean Water?


With poisonous water continuing to flow out of the faucets in Flint, Michigan, several people are saying that undocumented immigrants or those without ID are being denied  clean water.

Nayyirah Shariff shared a video of her experience, and pointed to a sign that said in order to receive water, residents would need identification.

“So, we are outside the Flint fire station … and this is what’s outside of the fire station,” she says in the video, while showing a sign that reads “ID Required.”

In a caption accompanying the video, the user wrote, “Show me your papers to get bottled water. But we didn’t need ID to get poisoned. #FlintWaterCrisis

Shariff shared a separate video on Twitter of a person working at a water distribution facility who turned someone away who lacked proper identification.

These videos contradict MLive, which reported that no residents of Flint need identification in order to access water.

There are about 1,000 undocumented immigrants, many of whom don’t speak English, in Flint, Michigan, ABC 12 reported. For those residents, news of the tainted water came much later than it did for the rest of the town, and instructions on how to access clean water may be unclear.

“I got close to see what they were giving out, and it was water,” one undocumented immigrant named Lucia told ABC 12. “And the first thing they asked me for was my license.”

Deacon Paul Donnelly of St. Mary’s Church told ABC 12 that “some folks we’ve found are very nervous about being found. They want to avoid talking to any strangers.”

For those who are in need of water and are scared to ask, social media users have tried to boost which locations are giving out water without ID requirements.

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Comment by Bombahdrop on January 30, 2016 at 10:41pm
The instagram post says it all, they want id to get bottled water but they didnt need id to get poisioned. so true.
Comment by Bombahdrop on January 30, 2016 at 10:37pm
I dont care what nobody says God is judging the earth and were next mark my words or better yet mark the words of the Bible its all there, droughts, famine, gluton, man killing man, children putting parents to death and vice versa, excetera excetera.
Comment by Amanda G on January 27, 2016 at 11:14pm
They can't be serious. No ID no water...what about HUMANITY!!

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