Immigrant families in the United States are reluctant to use federal food stamps. This is one of the many consequences of Donald Trump’s presidency and his anti-immigration policies. And the most bizarre part is that the Trump administration has not even cancelled the food stamp program nor did it change its eligibility rules.
Seems like Trump’s anti-immigration policies and rhetoric have had a tremendous effect on immigrants, and this is apparent from the number of immigrant families applying for federal food stamps and seeking other public benefits in the U.S.
Immigrant families refuse to receive food stamps out of fear
Fear is the number one reason why thousands of immigrant families have voluntarily decided to stop receiving food stamps and applying for federal assistance. Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric is making immigrant families – even those who are eligible to apply for federal food stamps and need them for survival – afraid to apply for public benefits such as the food stamps program.
“Basically, what it means is that immigrant families are afraid of Trump’s policies so much that they are willing to risk their lives and the lives of their families,” explains our Salt Lake City family immigration attorney from Familia America. “Many of these people cannot afford food, and yet they choose not to apply for public benefits thinking that doing so would get them and their family in trouble.”
This is immigrant families’ way of staying under the radar even though many of these families barely even make both ends meet. According to research by Boston Medical Center’s Children’s HealthWatch, which has been tracking the number of immigrant families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the number of immigrant families who have been in the U.S. for fewer than five years and who are eligible to apply for the nutrition assistance has decreased by nearly 10 percent in the first six months of 2018. Food stamp-eligible immigrant families who have been in the U.S. for more than five years, on the other hand, saw a smaller drop in the SNAP participation: 2 percent.
Immigrants uncertain about their future in the US
“Immigrant families are uncertain about their future in the U.S.,” says our experienced family immigration attorney in Salt Lake City. This is one of the many side effects of Trump’s presidency. But things could get even worse, as the Trump administration is mulling over new guidelines that could punish immigrant families for receiving public benefits, including food stamps. Read more about the Trump administration’s proposal under which migrant families receiving certain public benefits could lose their right to obtain a green card or permanent residence.
Interestingly, the study showed that the percentage of immigrant mothers whose families were eligible to receive food stamps and actually applied for the nutrition assistance program increased from 2007 to 2017. Among immigrant families who had been in the U.S. for fewer than five years, more than 43 percent were eligible for food stamps. In the first six months of 2018, meanwhile, that percentage dropped to 34.8 percent.
Are you afraid to apply for food stamps or any other public benefits program? If you are concerned about your family’s future or think that receiving the nutrition assistance is going to get you in trouble, consult with our Salt Lake City family immigration attorney at Familia America to speak about your particular situation. Get a consultation by calling at 801-656-9605.