In last night’s State of the Union address President Obama challenged Congress to present him with a comprehensive immigration package he could sign. But given how undocumented persons are conservatives favorite political punching bag, that’s not likely.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback campaigned on a vow to reduce child poverty. But he’s doing just the opposite. Under Brownback’s control, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, the state agency has made a policy change that eliminated food stamps for hundreds of low-income U.S. children whose parents are undocumented immigrants.
Let’s be clear hear. The children affected by Sen. Brownback’s decision are U.S. citizens. They were born here. As they grow up they’ll obtain all the other privileges of citizenship including the right to vote.
But for now Sen. Brownback has decided these particular citizens, poor children of immigrants, do not get food assistance because of choices their parents made before they were even born.
By law undocumented immigrants are not eligible for food stamps. But all U.S. citizens are provided they meet the income thresholds.
The impact of this change of course means more low-income children will suffer needlessly from food insecurity and hunger. And it means a series of impossible choices for families already struggling to survive.
And it means that Sen. Brownback’s administration has decided to target American children already living in poverty for his own short-term, cynical political gain. Intentionally forcing a class of American children into hunger to serve a political agenda is not only unconstitutional, it’s morally bankrupt.
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