In this Nov. 14, 2012 photo, Mexican immigrant Maria Lucero poses for a portrait inside the home she rented which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in the Midland Beach section of Staten

 

              In this Nov. 14, 2012 photo, Mexican immigrant Maria Lucero poses for a portrait inside the home she rented which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in the Midland Beach section of Staten
In this Nov. 14, 2012 photo, Mexican immigrant Maria Lucero poses for a portrait inside the home she rented which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island, New York. After the storm, Lucero and her family moved in with friends, but Lucero says it is a temporary situation and will feel more at peace when they have their own home again. Superstorm Sandy has plunged many immigrants living illegally in the United States into darkness, and even deeper into the shadows. Those who desperately need help to get temporary housing assistance and food are afraid to come forward because they risk deportation. And many have ended up returning to damaged, powerless, moldy homes because they have no other place to stay. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)