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Line of people signing up for Medicaid and food stamps VANISHES as Donald Trump’s administration brings in crackdown on green cards for people claiming benefits

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  • Phoeniz,
    AZ, pastor Antonio Velasquez says people used to line up from ‘3 in the
    morning’ to apply for food stamps and Medicaid at Maryvale district state
    office
  • But no
    one lined up one recent weekday morning, and there were just a handful of
    people inside
  • Velasquez
    says change is because of new rules that disqualify more people from green
    cards if they use government benefits
  • He
    fears immigrants, including citizens and legal residents, have dropped social
    services they or their children may be entitled to out of fear of being
    deported
  • But
    Trump administration says the change is ‘not a moral judgment on
    individuals, it is an economic one.’
  •  Deputy
    Homeland Security secretary Ken Cuccinelli said the government expects
    immigrants to ‘be able to stand on their own two feet.’

Pastor Antonio Velasquez
says that before the Trump administration announced a crackdown on immigrants
using government social services, people lined up before sunrise outside a
state office in a largely Latino Phoenix neighborhood to sign up for food
stamps and Medicaid. No more. ‘You had to arrive at 3 in the morning, and it
might take you until the end of the day,’ he said, pointing behind the office
in the Maryvale neighborhood to show how long the lines got. But no one lined
up one recent weekday morning, and there were just a handful of people inside.

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