Kansas Slashes Food Aid For Immigrant Kids

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.

Just look at Kansas, for example.

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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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

How do repubs sleep at night?

Barbara V.
Barbara V.5 years ago

Amen to Dave C. A lot of people who don't understand The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, Mormons, do not know that this Church has one of the largest Welfare Service anywhere. Completely funded by Tithes paid by Church members. And yet, we are disavowed as not being Christians. We are disavowed by much of society who have only heard false things about our Church. Now we have a man running for President of The United States of America who disavows his own Church's teachings by pandering to the general public of "Right-Wing" Conservative "Christians" who would deny assistance to a starving child because of who his/her parents are. They will deny medical assistance to a woman/child who has been the victim of rape or incest. They would prefer to see a woman die from complications of a pregnancy than to abort the fetus to save that woman who is alive and could someday live and bear another child.. Hypocrites

Kym-Berly Barrera

I'm married to a Immigrant with out papers. When I met him he spoke English and had Fake papers. I did not find out until we had a child together that he was illegal. 11 Years and 3 kids later , we still can't afford his papers.

I support my state doing this. Mexicans come across the border pregnant so they can have their children here. They do not teach their children English, they do not bother to learn English themselves. They do not even bother to keep car insurance most of the time. Much less learn how to drive legally and safely.

I think all Immigrants who can show they paid taxes, kept legal vehicles to the best of their ability, and who does not have a Felonious criminal record should be given the chance to get legal. Anyone else should be deported and or jailed.

They do not deserve Food stamps or free lunch programs. They deserve no assistance at all, especially when the only way they would qualify for it is to manipulate the system. We have American children who's parents were born here, going to bed Hungry. We can not stop to worry about other countries. I think Mexico should be billed for the cost its citizens place on our country. I think Americans need to boycott Travel into Mexico until they show some initiative to keep their citizens at home.

I have heard Mexican women talking about voluntarily submitting to beatings from their husbands , then going to shelters and applying for papers. And getting them! Its done all over the place and is ridiculous

Brenda Towers
Brenda T5 years ago

The sins of the fathers are definitely being laid at the door of their children.

New G.
W. C5 years ago

Sad, thank you.

Cora B.
Cora Bird5 years ago

If the free stuff goes away for illegals they will not come here. Would you rather have resources going to those who came illegally over those who didn't? There is not enough for both.

Rosemary Graf
Rosemary Graf5 years ago

I will never understand States like Kansas that have the need to make US children suffer because their parents came to this country for a better life. Will this state than pay for the hospital fees that these kids will have because they can't the needed food to survive?

MsMay B.
May Payton5 years ago

Brownback needs to starve to death.

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K5 years ago

Diana, the children are breaking the law?

Go back into your cave.

Diana S.
Diana S5 years ago

FOR THE LAST TIME - using taxpayer money to aid and abet lawbreaking by illegals is REWARDING lawbreakers for the very act of defying the laws by which all citizens and LEGAL residents are expected to abide (and for which they are prosecuted if they do not)!!!

THIS IS NOT A HUMANITARIAN ISSUE, it is blatant violation of the laws of the United States, as well as preferential treatment for the very lawbreakers who should be rounded up, microchipped for identification, and shipped back where they came from BEFORE they can litter out in the US so they can live illegally off their offspring's "anchor baby" status!!!!!