This is fake news,a Big Lie. Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for SNAP or any welfare programs. Only US citizens and legal immigrants can qualify.
The law specifically excludes unauthorized citizens: "SNAP eligibility has never been extended to undocumented non-citizens. https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/Non-Citizen_Guidance_063011.pdf
Many anti-immigrant websites repeat this Big Lie. Politifact investigated whether the SNAP bureaucracy was violating the law. They found:
". the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, also barred unauthorized immigrants from drawing benefits.
..Title IV of the act, subheaded "restricting welfare and public benefits for aliens," states that "aliens who are not qualified aliens" are ineligible for "federal public benefits" and for "state and local public benefits." The act defines qualified aliens as people with certain legal documented immigration status, meaning unauthorized immigrants are not eligible.
We confirmed from eligibility rules posted on government websites that unauthorized immigrants aren’t eligible for major aid programs including Medicaid, the joint federal-state health coverage for people in poverty; Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which provides cash assistance to the impoverished elderly or disabled; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which used to be food stamps; housing assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), which provides grants for state-administered family assistance programs like child care, cash assistance or counseling. "
Only US citizens and authorized non-citizens are eligible. There are roughly 3.5 million households in the US led by an immigrant denied legal status, with an average time of 12 years in the US. These household have about 5 milllion US citizen living in them, and THEY, like any other US citizen, are eligible for the $4.20 a day for food benefits and Medicaid......but not their parents.
Those promoting this Big Lie that "illegal aliens" are getting "foodstamps" are also often found wanting to discriminate against US citizens i because their parents have been denied legal status. Such people, along with those promoting these Nazi-style Big Lies, belong in prison for hate speech, promoting discrimination and/or violence by spreading vicious lies. This is the disgrace of our nation.
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