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Amendments to Farm Bill may deny some immigrants access to food stamps

Though S. 1348, STRIVE and their counterparts are off the table for now, there is still plenty of federal legislation concerning immigrants that we need to track and move our members on.

Thanks to NCLR for this update on the upcoming Farm Bill:

Several King Amendments will be offered during
the House Agriculture Committee’s Consideration of the Farm Bill.
Things are progressing quite quickly, so its very likely that they could
come up today or tomorrow.   

Description of Amendments

King I – Continues to restrict access to legal immigrants who entered
the country in an undocumented status.

King II – Repeals the restorations of food stamps advanced in 2002 with
bipartisan support.   This would severely restrict access for legal
immigrants.  In fact, the majority of legal immigrants would be
restricted from seeking access to the program.  To put this into
perspective, several hundred thousand legal immigrants came on to the
food stamps program in the years immediately following the restorations.

It will be difficult to get in touch with members of the committee, but
to extent that you can contact these offices and note your opposition,
now is the time.  It is important to alert offices off the committee
that these could move and ask them to weigh in with members.

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