Illegal? No Toys for You, Kid

Texas charities playing Santa check immigration status
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2009 8:16 PM CST
Hundreds march in a 2008 immigration rally in Iowa.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A handful of Houston-area charities tasked with giving toys to children this holiday season are checking would-be recipients’ immigration status first—and denying goodies to kids in the US illegally. Though one such group says the measure is aimed at parents, immigration advocates are appalled.

“It is very disturbing to think a holiday like Christmas would be tainted with things like this,” one rep tells the Chronicle. “Usually, people target the adults because the adults made the decision to migrate, where the children are just brought through no fault of their own.”

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