Since President Trump’s inauguration two months ago, there has been a decline in the number of eligible immigrants who are applying for food stamps and at the same time there has been a rise in the number of immigrants who are going out of their way to cancel their food stamps.
Many of these are afraid that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, commonly referred to as ICE, would be notified in their participation and then they will be denied U.S. citizenship in the future or be deported. In order to qualify for food stamps, you must live in the United States for five years, be a refugee or be disabled. If the children in the household have entered legally or were born here, making them U.S. citizens, they can qualify for food stamps, which then leads to many illegal immigrant families apply using their names.
Diaz said she recently helped two legal resident families from Queens remove themselves from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). One of the women, a mother of two, asked for help erasing her name from a local food pantry, as well. Spanish-language SNAP applications to the Maryland Food Bank have fallen from 20 a month to zero, the Post reports. According to the Department of Agriculture, 1.5 million non-citizens and 3.9 million children living with non-citizen adults received food stamps for the 2015 fiscal year. Adults have to live in the U.S. for five years, be a refugee, or be disabled before they qualify to receive food stamps. Children who entered legally qualify sooner.