WATCH: Agents won’t carry out routine immigration sweeps in Harvey emergency shelters, White House says
The Trump administration is trying to assure victims of Harvey living in the country illegally that they will not be targeted as they try to access emergency services — as long as they haven’t committed other crimes.
Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert says “no individual human being should worry about their immigration status unless they’ve committed a crime on top of coming here illegally when it comes to getting food, water and shelter.”
He also says no routine sweeps will be conducted in emergency shelters.
Still, he says people living in the country illegally should not expect long-term federal assistance reserved for citizens.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of benefits going out to illegal immigrants,” he said.