The administration will now consider whether applicants have used Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP/CalFresh), housing vouchers, and other forms of public assistance, and will assess their income, education, and English language ability when deciding whether to grant legal status. Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for most of these programs, but they often have citizen children who are eligible. We fear that the many mixed families with both legal and undocumented members will dis-enroll from these programs in fear that the undocumented members could never be legalized. In California, almost 90% of those likely to be affected are Latino, including many farmworker families. A massive dis-enrollment would cut off billions of dollars of federal assistance to California, impoverishing these families further as well as their communities.
CAFF & Farmers Guild Policy Director