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Taking food from the mouths of immigrant kids

Taking food from the mouths of immigrant kids

Last year, Baltimore area food bank operators noticed a significant downturn in Latino clients. They worried that local immigrants — with legal status and green cards — were deliberately avoiding applying for the SNAP program out of fear that they’d be targeted for deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Such was the power of the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from President Donald Trump and members of his administration.

Now, those fears appear to have been wholly justified with the announcement over the weekend of new rules from the Department of Homeland Security that could deny visas or work permits to any immigrant who was found to have ever used public benefits. In...