KENNEDY ON THE TREATMENT OF IMMIGRANTS DISPLACED BY THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
Immigrants' rights groups have reported that immigrants evacuated in the wake of the California wildfires have suffered discrimination when seeking emergency shelter, supplies and services. Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement:
"I'm appalled by reports that immigrants seeking emergency assistance because of the California wildfires have been denied access to evacuation centers and intimidated by law enforcement officials. The Bush Administration should immediately reassure immigrant victims that they can seek disaster relief without fear of retaliation."