Immigrants who can’t afford to feed their families are facing hunger rather than accepting benefits that rumors tell them could put their hopes of becoming citizens in jeopardy, according to immigration attorneys and those who work with food benefits.
“We have asylum seekers who are in homeless shelters and they haven’t accessed benefits because they’re afraid it’ll affect their case,” said Ana Herrera, an immigration attorney with Dolores Street Community Services.
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Also, Herrera and others said that undocumented parents of children who are legal residents have stepped away from any government programs fearing that accessing them for their children will put the family in jeopardy.
In May, the city’s Human Services Agency and the SF-Marin Food Bank said that eligible immigrants had begun disenrolling or
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