He used to be for amnesty and open borders, (except for white South Africans, “they’re too racist”). I guess the reality of moving from being a Senator from Kansas to being the Governor of Kansas bitch-slapped a bit of reality into him:
Pedro moved to the Kansas City area about 13 years ago and has held the same job for 11.
Though he sometimes struggles to pay bills, he knows most people think he should receive no public aid. He’s an illegal immigrant. He doesn’t deserve handouts. He understands that.
“I’ve never asked for anything for myself,” said Pedro, who didn’t want his last name used to protect his family. “Never. I just work. Work hard.”
A new debate swirling around Kansas, though, isn’t about Pedro. It’s about two of his three children. They were born here, and one day they will have driver’s licenses and the right to vote, just like any other U.S. citizen.
Early last year, when they needed food assistance, they got it. Pedro’s family received nearly $300 a month in food stamps. Enough to buy milk, eggs and meat, fruit and yogurt.
Now, they get nothing. Neither do hundreds of other Kansas families who, like Pedro’s, are a mix of undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens.
At a time when Gov. Sam Brownback has vowed to reduce child poverty, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services — a state agency the governor controls — made a policy change that eliminated food stamps for hundreds of low-income U.S. children whose parents are illegal immigrants. For more households, benefits were reduced.
To wit: The Federal government can run deficits, the Kansas state budget I presume has to be balanced.
The Star fumes. But in passing, we find out this little piece of bad news about our side of the border:
As a story in The Kansas City Star this weekend explained, federal law prohibits food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, from being used by illegal immigrants. But states are able to make aid available to U.S.-born children of undocumented citizens. Most states, including Missouri, use a formula which makes that possible.
That shows good sense. Everyone benefits when children go to school well-fed and healthy.
Sure, anchor babies need food stamps so they can go to school, when a sane immigration policy would state that they get neither.
Backing up for just a minute, I wonder if Samnesty Brownback’s sudden change of heart has anything to do with Kris Kobach. Has there been any gossip about Kobach mounting a primary challenge to Brownback in 2014?