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.