SRS Policy Change Ends Food Aid for Children of Illegal Immigrants

January 23, 2012 | . | Posted in The Issues

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has changed the formula it uses to determine eligibility for federal food assistance.  Under the new policy, certain US citizen children whose parents are in the country illegally will no longer be eligible for food stamps.  SRS contends that under the old formula, households with illegal immigrant parents were at times beneficiaries of a more generous benefit than US citizen households with the same number of adults and children.  SRS officials defend the change as a matter of simple fairness.

Immigration advocates are unconvinced that the old policy was more generous to “mixed households” and are concerned that US citizen children who depended upon the assistance for food will now go hungry.