The Trump administration’s strategy to thwart illegal immigration’s impact on the economy works in mysterious ways: a new report out of San Francisco shows that the number of illegals benefiting from food stamps has dropped precipitously amidst concerns that applying for welfare helps deportation officials to track them down.
San Francisco’s ultra-liberal city officials are concerned about the drop in illegal immigrant food stamp participation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, and are trying to dispel the notion among the community that the food stamp program gives Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a list of people to deport.
“Families are putting their household in further jeopardy of not being able to pay the rent, or not being able to pay utility bills because they have to buy food,” lamented local Human Services Agency director Trent Rhorer. “These are benefits they are entitled to receive, and they’re playing by the rules. They shouldn’t be penalized by this negative commentary coming out the White House.”
The number of households dropping out of the food stamp program has hovered around 60 per month in years past, but the number climbed to 150 over the months of March and April alone, an increase that has been blamed on the Trump administration’s strict approach to immigration.
To combat the mass food stamp exodus, city officials are spreading the word among its illegal immigrant population that the only people who have to provide their information are those who apply for benefits themselves, a rule that is apparently meant to prohibit the federal government from getting too much data about its applicants.