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Why Immigrants in California Are Canceling Their Food Stamps
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Why Immigrants in California Are Canceling Their Food Stamps

Greg Kaufmann explains why, with President Trump in office, some immigrants have started to avoid public assistance programs such as food stamps.

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  •  (Greg Kaufmann)
    Greg Kaufmann

What if you had to make a choice between hunger or deportation?

As the Trump era unfolds in California, fear of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement crackdown is disrupting the daily lives of immigrants and their families. In a state with 5.4 million noncitizen residents—and where nearly half of all children have at least one immigrant parent—the president’s promise to increase deportations may already be affecting the health and livelihoods of families, even those here legally, by discouraging them from turning to public-assistance programs or from working.

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 (Greg Kaufmann)

Greg Kaufmann

Senior Fellow