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September 24, 2011
The 9/11 undocumented victims.

As we all know on September 11, 2011, the World Trade Center was attacked. this event resulted in about 3,000 deaths, a 100 of which were undocumented immigrants. Who would have thought that there were undocumented immigrants working in the WTC. A lot of undocumented workers who survived the attack are denied help. Employers refuse to admit that they hired undocumented workers, thus prevent the workers from receiving aid.

No one really mention that there were undocumented immigrants working at the WTC, yet almost everyone argue that undocumented immigrants were the enemies. We respect the victims of 9/11, and those being blamed 9/11 are some of the same people who were victims of 9/11. There were 100 innocent undocumented immigrant workers who died that day. But thanks to Joel Megall, the executive director of Association Tepeyac, their bodies were recognized and their families were helped.

Not only did Tepeyac help the families of those undocumented immigrants who died on the attack, they also helped those who lost their jobs. Tepeyac was able to help them get jobs, supply them with food and rent money for a few months until they could stand on their feet. They helped about 500 families with the help of donations from the Red Cross, churches and foundations like the Robin Hood Foundation.

Sadly in 2008, they had to close the program because of the recession, leaving over 500 families without help. When there is an economic crisis, it disproportionally affects immigrants the most. Also, when there is an attack like 9/11, it fuels anti-immigrant racism. Immigrants need the protection of their allies to combat this racism that ultimately affects us all.

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Giving a voice to immigrant victims of 9/11 and aiding families.                                                                                               by: Albor Ruiz                                                                                                                         published: September 11, 2011.

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