But could that finally be changing? Regan Pifer reports that from the beginning of his presidential campaign to his first months in office, President Donald Trump has taken a strong stance on securing America’s borders and opposing illegal immigration.
Based off of what now is happening, it looks like illegals are getting the message.
According to Breitbart, immigrants are taking less advantage of the many benefits United States’ taxpayers provide:
Immigrants are canceling their food stamps over fears they could be deported.
Food banks and hunger advocates around the country from Tuscon to Baltimore have noticed a decline in the number of eligible immigrants applying for food stamps and a rise in the number of immigrants seeking to cancel their food stamps since President Trump’s inauguration two months ago, the Washington Post reported.
Advocates on behalf of these immigrants say that their fear stems from the possibility that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would notice their participation in the food stamp program and deny them U.S. citizenship or deport them.
“They’re making these decisions based on what they hear in the news or information they’re getting from other people,” Miguelina Diaz, food support connections program manager for Hunger Free America, said. “People started asking questions right after Trump took office.”
Diaz said she recently helped two legal resident families from Queens remove themselves from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). One of the women, a mother of two, asked for help erasing her name from a local food pantry, as well.
Spanish-language SNAP applications to the Maryland Food Bank have fallen from 20 a month to zero, the Post reports.
Just how many non-citizens benefit from food stamps? According to the 2015 Department of Agriculture statistics, “1.5 million non-citizens and 3.9 million children living with non-citizen adults.”
In January, President Trump drafted an executive order which “sought to make receiving public benefits, such as SNAP, a reason for deporting or denying citizenship to legal immigrants.”
For too long immigrants have been taking instead of giving to our welfare system and President Trump’s hardline stance–whether in rhetoric or drafting executive orders–has made these individuals realize their time is soon up.
As Robert Rector, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, was quoted in Breitbart saying “I don’t think it’s proper to increase the burden on U.S. taxpayers for people whose only claim to them is that they broke our law. These children receive a large amount of benefits because their parents came here illegally.”