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Kansas Slashes Food Aid for Kids of Illegal Immigrants


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas welfare officials have eliminated or

slashed food stamp benefits for hundreds of low-income, U.S.-born

children whose parents are illegal immigrants.

The cuts are the result of the Kansas Department of Social and

Rehabilitation Services changing the way it counts household income

when determining who is eligible for the food stamp program - now

known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The Kansas City Star reports that families affected by the

change are those that contain a mixture of legal citizens and

illegal immigrants. While illegal immigrants are not eligible for

the food assistance, U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants can


The issue is that the formula now includes the entire income of

all members of a household, but calculates food stamp eligibility

as if the citizen children are the only people in the household.

Previously, SRS counted only a portion if one or more members did

not provide proof of legal U.S. residency.


© Associated Press
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Need2Read 01/23/2012 6:44 PM
If a person were to find this story on another website they would be able to read that the SRS has stated that in fact they did discriminate against legal U.S. citizens. Many of the low income citizens were not able to get assistance because they did not qualify. That is because the SRS counted the income of a legal adult citizen but never counted the income of an illegal adult. I am glad to read that they have finally realized that they have been denying food to many children because of their discriminatory acts. Hopefully, many of the citizens that have been denied in the past will now be able to get help.

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