EXCELLENT: Illegal Immigrants Stop Taking Food Stamps So They Won’t Be Deported



According to The Washington Post, a number of illegal immigrant families are pulling their children out of the SNAP program because they feel that enrolling in the program would expose their identities as illegal immigrants, leading to deportation.

Caitlin Dewey, writing for the Post, interviewed Luisa Fortin, a SNAP outreach coordinator in Georgia, who fretted, “I get calls from concerned parents all the time: ‘should I take my kids out of the program?’ They’re risking hunger out of fear … and my heart just breaks for them.”

But as Jazz Shaw writes at Hot Air, there are some problems with Fortin’s perceptions: First, it is against the law for illegal immigrants to collect SNAP benefits. He points out that even if it is the children ostensibly receiving the SNAP benefits, the whole family shares them. Second, Fortin also references families of legal immigrants including green card holders as part of her lament, which makes no sense because they are legally entitled to SNAP benefits and thus have no reason to fear immigration authorities.