Submitted by FoodSNAP on 09/05/2019 - 1:51pm.
We've received quite a few questions about how to advise immigrant families worried about receiving nutrition benefits. Attached is a flier (English and Spanish) that you can share with community organizations and immigrant families. If you find it useful, let us know and we will work on additional translations.
We created this flier to help myth bust and reassure immigrant families who are worried about potential impact of receipt of SNAP on their immigration status. Note: Most families who have household members who are eligible for SNAP are not subject to "public charge". Review the attached for more information. Please share widely.
The "public charge" immigration rule changes will take effect October 15, 2019. This resource explains what “Public Charge” is with a focus on SNAP benefits only. This resource is NOT a replacement for legal advice from a trained immigration attorney.
NOTE - litigation has been filed by many states seeking to stop these horrible federal regulations, including by the MA Attorney General. We will keep you posted as soon as a Court takes action on these cases.
For more information about public charge, visit Masslegalservices.org/
As always, please let Pat or Vicky know if you have questions and what you are hearing from your immigrant clients. Please also let us know if you get feedback on this resource.