Illegal alien parents in Connecticut are fearful of signing up their children for free school lunch programs because it may raise a red flag for possible deportation.
Danbury School District offices have been bombarded with phone calls from “hundreds” of illegal residents inquiring if federal immigration officials are permitted to access forms stating their legal status. The school’s free lunch program requires parents to complete the form to gain taxpayer-funded free lunches or lunch discounts.
Some illegal parents are considering taking their children out of the school education system altogether as a response to the information-heavy forms. Despite the fact that most of the children are legal citizens due to birthright citizenship, a percentage of the parents are illegally living in the United States.
The school district’s Family & Community Engagement Center has been receiving around five phone calls every day from concerned illegal immigrants, according to the organization’s director, Anne Mead. School district employees, such as Marjorie Vargas-Fernandes, claim they “spend hours” advising illegal alien parents how to “safely” fill out the forms.
Advocates of free lunch programs for students of illegal residents are claiming the taxpayer-funded meals could be the only decent food source they have access to all day. The National School Lunch Program has exempted the necessity to be a legal U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for the free lunch initiative.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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