USDA/Mexican consulates to immigrants: Don’t worry, food stamps won’t affect citizenship chances

As the brochure notes, food stamp use (or potential food stamp use) is not taken into account when the government considers an applicant’s request for an immigration status adjustment or entry into the United States — nor¬†is use of the¬†majority of the government’s more than 80 federal means-tested assistance programs.

Potential use or receipt of only two federal programs could render an applicant inadmissible on public-charge grounds: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

TheDC has previously reported that the restriction on public-charge entries (contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act) are currently minimally enforced, and the enforcement of immigrants granted legal access who subsequently become public charges is essentially non-existent.

USDA did not respond to request for comment.

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