When it come to the issue of illegal immigration, there’s no denying that the “Trump effect” is having an immense impact across the country, even without the construction of a border wall, illegal immigration is down by almost 60%.
Moreover, this latest report that food stamp application has been steadily decreasing since the election of Donald Trump is welcome news to those that believe America needs to secure it’s border, before any thought to solving the issue of the 11 to 15 million illegal aliens that now reside in the United States.
However, immigrants in some Los Angeles Counties who are eligible for food assistance programs are staying away for fear that enrollment might hurt their chances of becoming a permanent U.S. citizen or even lead in some cases to deportation.
The Department of Public Social Services in Los Angeles County’s launched this month their annual CalFresh Awareness campaign. The program is designed to help low-income families and individuals buy fresh food with an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card.
The cards can be used in stores, farmers markets and participating restaurant chains. U.S., citizens and legal residents are eligible to apply.
However because of the “Trump effect” many who actually qualify for the program are staying away. And some are staying away because of the term “public charge” which by definition means a non-U.S. citizen who would likely become dependent on public assistance, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Those individuals worry that the classification might because of other factors disqualify them from becoming citizens and eventually deport them, no doubt for some this classification is a catch-22 situation
Carlos Portillo, human services administrator for Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Social Services said: “One of the barriers that we encounter is the misunderstanding of a public charge.”
Adding; “We have been conducting the CalFresh awareness for the last seven years, and this particular program is not considered public charge. That’s one of the issues we’re trying to address.”
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