Fearful of being deported under President Trump’s crackdown, illegal immigrants have stopped applying for food stamps.
One illegal woman in New York told the Daily Caller that even though she “had been told that it’s OK to apply for food stamps,” she is holding off, because she doesn’t want to “take any risks.”
Illegal immigrants are not eligible to receive food stamps, but their children are automatically eligible for food benefits regardless of when or how they came to the U.S.
According to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), illegal immigrants “will not be deported, denied entry to the country, or denied permanent status because they apply for or receive SNAP benefits.”
The USDA says that state health agencies, which make initial SNAP eligibility determinations, are only required to report illegal immigrants who seek and receive food stamps for themselves to Homeland Security; not their children.
In the past year, it’s been reported that deportations are up 38 percent, making many illegals uncomfortable about following official channels where an applicant must state their immigration status.
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