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Immigrants dropping government assistance out of fear

Times continue to be very difficult for immigrants living in Georgia and the rest of the United States, as the Trump Administration's very public effort to crack down on immigrants throughout the country breed fear and confusion. Whether or not these stories are true, each day seem to bring another story of law enforcement exceeding the boundaries of the law, or at least marching right up to the boundary, in the effort to round up any and all immigrants that they can.

In response, some immigrants are taking extreme measures to remove themselves from harm's way. Some of those measures are shocking. Recently, many organizations that work to provide food or other benefits to families who qualify for assistance have seen many immigrant families choosing not to use the services.

Rather than face potential deportation, many immigrant families are choosing to not use food stamps or the government assistance. While it is unclear if there is any factual basis for these fears, the fears are still understandable. Unfortunately, this places many of these families at great risk. government benefits are intended to meet survival needs for those in the country. Without proper help, many of these families may end up in a far worse situation.

If you or someone you love is concerned about how receiving government assistance may affect your immigration status, it is wise to get the guidance of an experienced attorney who cares for the immigrant community. With proper legal help, you can understand what assistance you can use without fear, and what precautions it is wise to take. No matter who you are, you rights matter, and should be protected.

Source: NPR.org, "Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants To Cancel Food Stamps," March 28, 2017

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