Charities check immigration status for toy drives

HOUSTON (AP) - Happy holidays - now where's that immigration paperwork?
Some Houston charities are making sure children are in the U.S. legally before handing out donated toys.
The Salvation Army and a charity affiliated with the Houston Fire Department are asking for children's birth certificates or Social Security cards.
Lorugene Young's Outreach Program Inc. is one of several groups that distribute toys collected by firefighters. Young says the point is not to punish the children, but to ensure that their parents are either citizens, legal immigrants or working to become legal residents.
Cesar Espinoza, executive director of the advocacy group America
for All, says it's disturbing that Christmas could be tainted for kids who did nothing wrong.
Information from: Houston Chronicle,

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