Deportation fears stop some LA County immigrants from applying for EBT program

illegals get benefitsI’m all for giving assistance to those legally in this country who truly need help. But if you are here illegally, fuhgeddaboudit…
From LA Daily News: Some Los Angeles County immigrants who are eligible for food assistance programs are staying away because they fear enrollment will hurt their chances of becoming a permanent U.S. citizen or even lead to deportation, county officials said Wednesday.
The annual CalFresh Awareness campaign was launched this month by Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Social Services. The program helps low-income families and individuals buy fresh food with an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card in stores, farmers markets and participating restaurant chains. U.S. citizens and legal residents are eligible to apply for the CalFresh program.
But many who qualify are staying away. The reason, officials say, is the term “public charge.” A public charge is a non-U.S. citizen who is likely to become dependent on public assistance, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. There are many factors that are considered, but if a person is deemed a public charge, he or she may be disqualified from becoming a citizen and ultimately deported.
“One of the barriers that we encounter is the misunderstanding of a public charge,” said Carlos Portillo, human services administrator for Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Social Services.
“We have been conducting the CalFresh awareness for the last seven years, and this particular program is not considered public charge,” he added. “That’s one of the issues we’re trying to address.
Examples of who may be considered as public charge are people who need cash assistance or those who need long-term care at government expense, but again, “receipt of such benefits must still be considered in the context of the totality of the circumstances before a person will be deemed inadmissible on public charge grounds,” according to federal immigration officials.
“Public benefits that are received by one member of a family are also not attributed to other family members for public charge purposes unless the cash benefits amount to the sole support of the family,” according to the USCIS website.
About 1.1 million people in the county are enrolled in the CalFresh program. But Portillo said another 700,000 can qualify, including people who are legal residents or citizens but their immediate family members are not.
Fear of deportation among immigrants, legal or not, has increased because of President Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on illegal immigration.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made 35 percent more arrests nationwide in roughly the first three months under Trump compared with the same period last year. But the number of arrests were down 23 percent compared with 2014, according to government data.
Still, Los Angeles County officials say they are hearing stories that immigrants with legal status or those who are undocumented are staying away from health and social services programs. At a county Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Supervisor Hilda Solis said she’s hearing from residents in her district that pregnant women are afraid to go to hospitals to deliver their babies.
Los Angeles law enforcement officials as well as those with various county departments have said they will not share immigration status with ICE. Such fears can be prevented if more people take the time to understand what can influence their status, said Claire Nicholson, spokeswoman for USCIS.
“It’s important that people know that receiving public benefits does not automatically make an individual a public charge,” Nicholson said. “It’s important that people educate themselves about public charge and visit the USCIS website at uscis.gov before seeking out a public benefit to ensure they do not jeopardize their eligibility for a green card or citizenship.”
h/t Drudge
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Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
3 years ago

That’s one of the reasons why the federal government posted a $182 billion budget surplus last month, April 2017.

brackenkaren
3 years ago

I totally disagree on one point you made. NO ONE should be admitted into our country unless they can demonstrate proof of employment or employability. That is how it was long ago and we need to go back because what we have today is invasion not immigration. Refugees should be helped but in their own country and only in ways that guarantee the aide we send goes to the people in need and not their corrupt government.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
3 years ago
Reply to  brackenkaren

brackenkaren . . . I could not agree more. Aid needs to be administered to those immigrants that the US feels it must help (i.e. Muslims in war torn lands.) I recently received an email from my sister which indicated that Somali’s who had settled in Arizona were pulling up stakes and moving to states that offered “greater benefits.” Arizona has instituted certain rules governing granting even EBT cards . . . such as “must learn English,” “must prove they are looking for work,” etc. There is no dispute with the fact that . . . “NO ONE should be… Read more »

chemtrailssuck
3 years ago
Reply to  brackenkaren

In other countries, you couldn’t even work if you went there (like in England, if you are a Yankee from the good ol’ USA, you can’t even work there at all. At least it used to be like that, I’m assuming maybe it has changed (due to the NWO wanting to destroy countries via flooding them with illegal immigrants).

daveyone1
3 years ago

Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

Jess
Jess
3 years ago

Of all the things the Obama Administration did, giving money to illegal aliens was probably the one that irritated me most.

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
3 years ago

Just a matter of common sense that if charity, philanthropy, or what ever one wishes to name the assistance of unfortunate subjects of foreign countries, would be much more effective and less a burden on our own economy by going straight to the offending governments of such oppressive and corrupted nations, and procuring true administration cleansing.In other words, an honest assisted revolt would be more prudent than the illegal adoption of unwanted subjects.
The true problem is, the corruption, and agenda, of the dark forces of the one world government infiltrating and controlling our own government

Alma
Alma
3 years ago

We pay taxes via IRS, and the government administers our money, if we don’t “declare” our hard earned money, the Feds soon be knocking on our doors and we become enemies of the government for tax evasion. In the meantime the illegal immigrants get it all from the government. They become pregnant, have (American born) babies, housing, freebies, food stamps (exchanged for cash) and I sit in jail for tax evasion. Illegal immigrants are a burden to any society, they should be returned to the country of origin until their American citizen children become of age.

chemtrailssuck
3 years ago
Reply to  Alma

Taxation is theft. People need to get that one. The govt steals from us all, and gets away with it.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
3 years ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

If there was less of this kind of thievery on the part of our government . . . stealing the labor from one and giving it to someone else . . . we would have far more people who would be forced to dig deep within themselves and come up with ways to solve their own problems. Perhaps they would take on a second job, or maintain a reasonable budget (i.e. cut down on cable tv, and dinners out, cease to purchase frozen prepared foods, manicures and pedicures, purchase second hand clothing, stop the smoking, quit buying booze, I could… Read more »

chemtrailssuck
3 years ago

We are so poor that we would qualify for any and all govt benefits, but we have refused to take a single one. We don’t even do ‘energy assistance’ or the phone discounts that they can give poor people. We are very very very careful with money, hardly do anything, hardly go and buy anything (except food and we cook our own meals) at all. No direct tv, no cable, no smokes, no booze, etc. We are still able to pay our bills. We use natural cures if we get sick, and we don’t eat nasty crap food like tv… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
3 years ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

chemtrailssuck . . . . . You have just described yourself to be the perfect kind of “people that most of us would love to have as neighbors!” God Bless you for your personal integrity and willingness to “handle your money wisely.” May the Blessings of Heaven be showered upon you and your family!