The Dispossessed (Aaqif)

Unlike other groups of homeless people, no exact data exists on the number of homeless undocumented migrants. They are less to likely to identify themselves as undocumented, and to try to access help, for fear of deportation. Undocumented immigrants are by law prohibited from federal programs, including housing assistance. Homeless shelters, particularly those that are faith-based or nonprofit-based, generally do not ask for proof of identification. But many across the nation do. And state identification cards are difficult to obtain for many undocumented people who can not provide Social Security numbers needed for the application.


Hand embroidered batik, 10 x 10 inches