Tuesday, February 7, 2012

American Children Denied Food Stamps Due to Anti-Immigrant Law

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that American children are being denied food stamps as a result of a new Alabama Law.

Five people have called into the SPLC hot line saying they were denied assistance because they couldn't prove they were legal residents, even though the food stamps were for their children, who are U.S. citizens. The civil-rights group now plans to file suit over the matter. They have already lodged to lawsuits against the Alabama law.

Simply put, the Alabama law makes it a felony for a government employee to engage in "business transactions" with undocumented immigrants, which some government employees are interpreting rather broadly. The undocumented immigrants have been told they can't even pay utility bills or taxes because they would count as "transactions."

Several parts of the controversial law have been temporarily blocked pending review from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, but the "business transaction" prohibition was left standing.

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