THE NEW YORKER/Among undocumented immigrants in New York City, Ruiz has a reputation as a dedicated and implacable fighter for their community. Everyone seems to know him, or to know someone who does, and it isn’t hard to see why. On a recent day, he delivered meals to three apartments, received a truck full of donated food from a Bronx grocer, spoke at a street demonstration in solidarity with the city’s essential workers, and visited a local hospital to identify an immigrant’s remains. Other pastors have simply given him the keys to their churches.

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