- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Identification no longer is required for Flint residents to get bottled water amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

That makes safe water available even to immigrants living illegally in the United States.

State Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Angela Minicuci tells the Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/1Pk59dl ) that some immigrants were initially denied water because they couldn’t show ID.

Minicuci says the state lifted the requirement and announced Jan. 22 that no ID is required. She says state workers request IDs or addresses for water filters, but filters also will be distributed without ID.

Ryan Bates, executive director of advocacy group Michigan United, says long-term treatment and medical care should be available to all in Flint, regardless of immigration status.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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