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Running head: POLICY ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 1 Policy Analysis and Recommendations Name Southern New Hampshire University March 2019
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POLICY ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 2 The organization I work for, Feeding Pennsylvania (FPA), provides food to low-income and needy Pennsylvania residents through partnerships with food banks and other charitable organizations in the state. I work as an advocate in this agency, and most feel our policies refusing to help undocumented immigrants is antiquated and cruel. While Feeding Pennsylvania does help many needy people, our state has a large amount of agriculture-based business that often hire migrant workers, legal or not. Unfortunately, these workers are paid very little in order to keep costs down (for farmers and consumers), and ironically, often cannot afford to feed themselves or their families. As FPA abides by the laws regarding SNAP benefits, men who are undocumented immigrants are not eligible for food assistance, regardless of whether or not they are fathers. Undocumented women are also excluded if they are not pregnant or mothers. While immigration is a very controversial topic in the country, and it’s understandable why an organization may not want to appear as though they condone it, the bottom line is that human beings are going hungry and we have an opportunity to help change that. We want to change the laws around SNAP benefits and allow undocumented immigrants to have access to food, regardless of whether they are men or childless women. According to Broder, Moussavian, and Blazer (2015), “Regardless of their status, not- qualified immigrants are eligible for emergency Medicaid if they are otherwise eligible for their state’s Medicaid program. The law does not restrict access to public health programs that provide immunizations and/or treatment of communicable disease symptoms (whether or not those symptoms are caused by such a disease). School breakfast and lunch programs remain open to all children regardless of immigration status, and every state has opted to provide access to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).”
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