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From: Borjon Lopez-Coterilla, Jose Vicente Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:02 To: Wood, Yibo -FNS Cc: Phillips, Pam -FNS; Lara Armienta, Juan caries; Storen, Stephen Duke-FNS Subject: RE: Greetings and request clarification SNAP situation Kansas 

Thanks Yibo! 
Please keep posted the issue, would very interested learning what the opinion your leadership, specially Lisa Pino who your Deputy Administrator for SNAP. another issue, please share with some possible dates February when could meet discuss outreach actions for the year. 
Best regards 
Jose 
Jose Borjon 
Hispanic Affairs Officer Embassy Mexico 1911 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, 20006 Tel (202)728-1638 Cel (202) 630-4790 Fax (202)833-4320 
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From: Borjon Lopez-Coterilla, Jose Vicente 

Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:07 To: Wood, Yibo -FNS Cc: Phillips, Pam -FNS; Lara Armienta, Juan Carlos Subject: Greetings and request clarification SNAP situation Kansas 
Dear Yibo and Pam, hope you are fine and wish you the best for this year. look forward setting meeting soon strategize specific outreach actions could this year with our consular network food and nutrition issues. 
With this mind, have received worrisome reports from our Consulate Kansas City policy change that affecting mixed status families. According this article, the policy apparently would acceptable under current federal SNAP regulations. this correct? FNS looking into it? 
Lets hope can talk about it. 
Best 

Jose 

Wood, Yibo -FNS  
From:  Wood, Yibo FNS  
Sent:  Thursday, January 26, 2012 8:27  
To:  'Borjon Lopez-Coterilla, Jose Vicente'  
Cc:  Phillips, Pam -FNS; Lara Armienta, Juan Carlos; Storen, Stephen Duke-FNS  
Subject:  RE:  request clarification SNAP situation Kansas  

Good morning Jose, 
Here FNS's response the SNAP situation Kansas. will get back you some possible dates Feb for meet. can invite Lisa Pino join for this meeting, her schedule allows. 
Let know you have questions regarding the following response. Thanks, 
Effective October 2011, the Kansas State Agency opted change the State's policy accordance with Federal 
regulations count all the income ineligible household members who are unable unwilling provide 
verification immigration status. result this change, some households' income increased and the household 
may have experienced reduction their benefit amount. Kansas' policy permitted State option within Federal 
rules and regulations. While SNAP Federal program, State administered and States have flexibility making 
some decisions about the program within Federal statute and regulations, and such decisions must conformity 
with Federal requirements. One area with some State flexibility how income treated when the SNAP household 
contains non-citizen who not eligible for SNAP due his her immigration status. 
Although the policy changes may appear restrictive there are ineligible members within household, all 
applicant household members can still participate otherwise eligible and meet income eligibility guidelines, including 
households with U.S. citizen children. FNS understands that mixed status households may particularly vulnerable. 
Many these households contain non-citizen parent and citizen child. Kansas' change its income calculations may impact the income eligibility these households. However, Kansas' new policy consistent with income calculations for households that contain only citizen household members. 
FNS committed ensuring program access for all eligible persons and has made progress increasing program access through policy, State administrative options, and outreach efforts. FNS will continue partner with other Federal agencies, State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations ensure that all those eligible for nutrition assistance have barrier free access the Program. FNS has also issued new guidance noncitizen SNAP eligibility ensure the policy well-known and applied consistently States. 
/ho 
703.305.2288 
From: Borjon Lopez-Coterilla, Jose Vicente [mailto:jborjon@sre.gob.mx] Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:02 To: Wood, Yibo -FNS Cc: Phillips, Pam -FNS; Lara Armienta, Juan carlos; Storen, Stephen Duke-FNS Subject: RE: Greetings and request clarification SNAP situation Kansas 
Thanks Yibo! 
Please keep posted the issue, would very interested learning what the opinion your leadership, specially Lisa Pino who your Deputy Administrator for SNAP. another issue, please share with some possible dates February when could meet discuss outreach actions for the year. 
Best regards 
Jose 
Jose Borjon 
Hispanic Affairs Officer Embassy Mexico 1911 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, 20006 
Tel (202)728-1638 

Cel (202) 630-4790 Fax (202)833-4320 
E-mail: 

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From: Wood, Yibo -FNS [mailto:Yibo.Wood@fns.usda.gov] Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 2:22 
To: Borjon Lopez-Coterilla, Jose Vicente 
Cc: Phillips, Pam -FNS; Lara Armienta, Juan Carlos; Storen, Stephen Duke-FNS 
Subject: RE: Greetings and request clarification SNAP situation Kansas Jose, 
Thanks for contacting us. will check into the report you sent with our SNAP office. will keep you posted. are looking forward meet with you again discuss specific outreach actions with your consular network food 
and nutrition issues. 
Best regards, 

/ho 
703.305.2288 
From: Borjon Lopez-Coterilla, Jose Vicente [mailto:jborjon@sre.gob.mx] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:07 To: Wood, Yibo -FNS Cc: Phillips, Pam -FNS; Lara Armienta, Juan Carlos 
Subject: Greetings and request clarification SNAP situation Kansas 
Dear Yibo and Pam, hope you are fine and wish you the best for this year. look forward setting meeting soon strategize specific outreach actions could this year with our consular network food and nutrition issues. 
With this mind, have received worrisome reports from our Consulate Kansas City policy change that affecting mixed status families. According this article, the policy apparently would acceptable under current federal SNAP regulations. this correct? FNS looking into it? 
Lets hope can talk about it. 
Best 
Jose 

KansasCity com 

Back web version 
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 
Posted Sun, Jan. 22, 2012 
Kansas slashes food aid for children illegal immigrants State's policy change eliminates food stamps for many U.S. citizen children illegal immigrants. LAURA BAUER The Kansas City Star 
Pedro moved the Kansas City area about years ago and has held the same job for 11. 
Though sometimes struggles pay bills, knows most people think should receive public aid. He's illegal immigrant. doesn't deserve handouts. understands that. 
"I've never asked for anything for myself," said Pedro, who didn't want his last name used protect his family. "Never. just work. Work hard." new debate swirling around Kansas, though, isn't about Pedro. It's about two his three children. They were born here, and one day they will have driver's licenses and the right 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 month food stamps. Enough buy milk, eggs and meat, fruit and yogurt. 
Now, they get nothing. Neither hundreds other Kansas families who, like Pedro's, are mix undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens. time when Gov. Sam Brownback has vowed reduce child poverty, the Kansas Department Social and Rehabilitation Services state agency the governor controls -made policy change that eliminated food stamps for hundreds low-income U.S. children whose parents are illegal immigrants. For more households, benefits were reduced. have wonder the governor really board with the policy," said Sister Therese Bangert the Sisters Charity Leavenworth. wonder understands the ramifications this policy, understands what's happening the children." 
The governor's office did not return several calls and email requests for comment. 
Since the change took effect Oct. food pantries, churches and social service agencies throughout Kansas have been hearing from parents searching for answers and food for their children. Many said they had relied heavily benefits provided the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 
"We have families who really are desperate," said Elena Morales Centro, anti-poverty agency Kansas City, Kan. "These food stamps were making difference for families able provide nutritional food for their children, food all. ... This policy not only hurts these families, hurts us, too, especially because we're talking about U.S. citizen children." law, illegal immigrants are not eligible for food stamps. However, U.S.-born children illegal immigrants can be. 
Children like the 5-year-old son Isela, woman who lives Wyandotte County. 
She received letter saying she would longer get food stamps for her son. Initially she wondered why. 
"Then came with own answer," Isela said. "It's because lack status. lack papers." 
When she received the notice, she was making hour and working average hours week with benefits. Before the policy change, her son qualified for $121 month food stamps. That allowed her buy the fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meat her son's doctor said needs. 
Now, without his food stamps, she worries she can't afford high-quality, nutritious food for him. 
Under the new policy, SRS changed the way counts household income when determining who eligible for SNAP benefits. The formula now includes the entire income all members household. Before the change, SRS counted only portion one more members did not provide proof legal U.S. residency. 
SRS officials say the policy change, which allowed under federal guidelines, fair. The old formula gave households with illegal immigrants more benefits than some households with all U.S. citizens, said Angela Rocha, SRS director communications. 
"Now, all households' incomes are treated equally," Rocha said. "Prior the policy change ... 
U.S. citizens were being discriminated against." 
But advocates, and those who have seen their food assistance cut, say the change needlessly hurting families and could end robbing U.S. children the food they need lead healthy lives. 
"The bottom line here have children who are going bed hungry night," said Shannon Cotsoradis, president and CEO Kansas Action for Children, nonprofit advocacy organization. 

"These are U.S. citizens, and should more cumbersome for them access benefits than any other U.S. child." 
Time change 
Though SNAP federal program, it's managed the states. And states can choose how they 
calculate income when determining who qualifies for benefits. 
One option counting the entire household income, which Kansas now does. 
Before the October change, the state did what Missouri and the vast majority other states do: 
households with ineligible members (including non-U.S. citizens), adjust the income for the reduced 
household size. 
Under the old system, when Pedro's family applied for benefits for his two U.S. children about year 
ago, was making $1,600 month. 
Kansas would use only portion that income (two-fifths, $640) when determining whether the 
household was eligible for food stamps. family five U.S. citizens earning $1,600 month also 
would qualify.) Pedro said his daughters received $280 month food stamps. 
Under the new policy, SRS doesn't adjust the household income account for the three non-citizen 
member. while SRS counts the family's full $1,600 income, calculates food stamp eligibility 
the two citizen children were the only people the household. that income level, Pedro says 
was told they don't qualify. 
Kansas one only four states opting use this policy, according the Department 
Agriculture. The others are Arizona, Utah and Nebraska. 
"This not time, with this economy, when should withdrawing help from struggling families with children," said Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy the Center Budget and Policy Priorities Washington. "We have demonstrated problem food insecurity this country and, Kansas, this policy takes you further away from being able solve the problem. exacerbates the problem." 
According information provided SRS, from Oct. the end 11, once incomes were 
recalculated using the new policy, benefits were eliminated for 1,042 households. 
SRS says doesn't know how many children living those households longer receive 
benefits. 
However, SRS report shows that the first month, from October November, 2,066 children 
dropped from the food stamp rolls Kansas. 
Not all those children lost benefits because the policy change how income counted, 
Rocha said. She didn't know how many did. 
"Some were, some weren't, she said." ... Families and off the program their income changes." 
Melinda Lewis, public policy consultant for Centro, has studied the new policy and has reviewed letters families have received from SRS. She understands the need fair but doesn't think the change is. 
"We don't want policy that would put U.S. families disadvantage," Lewis said. "So let's find solution. Put cap benefits mixed-status families could never get more than family." the fall, Catholic Charities Northeast Kansas conducted informal survey for clients serves 
the metropolitan area. The goal was see how the SRS policy change was affecting families. the Wyandotte County pantry, families completed the form. those, said their benefits had been reduced canceled and they were relying more community resources. 
Catholic Charities still talking with families and gathering data the impact the new policy. don't think there was intent harm child, said Jan Lewis, president and CEO Catholic 
Charities Northeast Kansas. think there was move try bring equity the system. And they were trying balance that out, think. 
"One our concerns the pendulum may have swung little too far the other way. I'm hopeful they 
will open, when they see the data, come and make adjustments." 
Worried for the kids 
Weeks before the change, several social service agencies Kansas received phone calls from SRS workers who wanted them know what was coming. 
Lydia Diebolt Centro Hispano Resource Center started seeing families come into her Lawrence office early November. Day after day, families brought SRS letters stating their benefits had been cut significantly canceled. 
Diebolt and other staffers explained the policy change and have tried help connect the families resources for food. But many pantries are only open during the day, when most the parents are working. That leaves some with few options, she said. 
"They couldn't understand that their children were U.S. citizens, why they couldn't get the benefits," Diebolt said. "They weren't angry with me, with SRS -they were just worried for their kids. lot people said, don't care about me, wasn't getting anything. care about kids.' female leader the Latino community Wyandotte County, who has raised her children and wasn't affected the SRS policy change, worried that families would afraid, not understanding what was happening. 
With the help staff Centro, she made poster and placed her business. worry about community," said Maria, who didn't want give her full name because she's living here illegally while waiting for visa. want them understand the change that happened, their rights, the laws." 
More and more people came into her store read the poster. 
"What want them informed," Maria said. "To know about this information, know what's going on. All the children have have opportunity life.'' 
Some advocates worry that bad information could seep through the immigrant community. Dodge City, Debbie Snapp, executive director Catholic Social Service, worries that families who haven't gotten SNAP benefits before may shy away from the program, even though their children need the food. 
"Based what they've heard from others, they think they won't eligible, they're not applying," Snapp said. 
For years, advocates have worried about Latino children across the country getting the proper nutrition they need for healthy and productive lives. the roughly million children nationwide who are considered food-insecure -meaning they often don't have enough nutritious food -Latino 

children make nearly percent. 
One reason for the nutritional struggles, advocates say, many low-income families eligible for 
federal food assistance won't come forward. They worry about how they'll treated because they 
are living here illegally. 
"Agencies have made inroads with this," said Tanya Broder, senior attorney the National Immigration Law Center. Groups have reached out families, letting them know their U.S. children can eligible for public assistance. ... These kinds policies, like the one Kansas, undermine all those efforts," Broder said. "And they fuel the fears that immigrant families already have seeking what they need." 
Isela, the Wyandotte County mother, said she can't help but think the state trying send 
message undocumented immigrants. 
"It's like they are trying fumigate us," she said her small and tidy living room. "Like they want (disappear)." 
Less food the table 
That's also how Carmen, mom three Johnson County, feels. And she's living and working 
the United States legally. 
The mother three -two them U.S. citizens -came here illegally years ago but now has 
protected status survivor domestic violence and sexual assault. 
She was getting roughly $290 food stamps for her two U.S. children. early November, when she was down just beans, eggs and tortillas, she headed the grocery store. the last minute she checked her card make sure the SNAP benefit was there. wasn't. 
Carmen, who didn't want her last name used protect her family, went the SRS office and said worker told her, "Oh, yeah, cut your benefits because you're not U.S. citizen." 
She explained her situation: that she and her oldest child live here legally under her protected status and that her two younger children are U.S. citizens. She showed them her Social Security card and papers detailing her protected status. the end that meeting, she said, the worker told her they would get back her two weeks. It's been two months, she said, and word. 
'There's less food the table," said Carmen, who since the termination her food stamps 
working seven days week, many hours day. "It frustrates lot. ... Sometimes just 
have decide, what are the priorities? don't pay the utility bill, it's going shut off. don't 
pay the rent, they'll evict me. 
"Whatever left, use for food. Sometimes it's not lot." 
Some days, Carmen says, she has hide food for later the week. And when her children ask for 
seconds, she tells them because "we have save for tomorrow." have lost hope," she says. "But wishing for justice, not just for but other people this situation. know continue work hard like working, can feed family. 
"But what price?" 
Struggling provide When Pedro's middle child was born the United States eight years ago, knew she could eligible for food assistance. But was working, providing enough for his family. 
After another child was born here three years ago, and his wife still didn't need food stamps. knew could provide enough," said. wasn't until his wife lost her job about year ago that the family applied for and received SNAP benefits. 
When his boss gave him extra work the weekends, reported SRS, but nothing changed. worker told him shouldn't affect the benefits. 
But March, when loaded his grocery cart with food and went pay, the money wasn't his benefits card. The family's benefits had been cut. SRS worker later told him that was making too much money get the benefits anymore. 
His family made until October, when that extra weekend work stopped and was back making $1, 600 month. 
"When went reapply, they told longer qualified," said, referring the new policy. 
"They told made enough money feed children. That's not true." now puts $50 week aside for food feed his family. When that's not enough, borrows from the rent money and the cash put aside for utilities. 
His eyes fill with tears when talks about his struggle provide for his family. 
"My family doesn't know what I'm doing," said. try eat work (where his boss often provides meals and snacks) don't take food away from children home ... The bills are coming in. Now getting letters what they are going cut off. know every month it's going worse. 
"But ask myself, 'What better, kids having food paying the bills?'" reach Laura Bauer. call 816-234-4944 send email lbauer@kcstar.com 
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From: Lara Armienta, Juan Carlos [mailto:jlaraa@sre.gob.mx] Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:03 To: Pino, Lisa -FNS 
Subject: Follow ... 
Hello Lisa, was pleasure seeing you yesterdayI reviewed with team the Embassy and did send the updated materials the consular network through internal cable last year, but would very interested organizing training sessions, webinars whichever other vehicle you think appropriate for further outreach. have also reviewed agenda and have scheduled meeting with Yibo Woo the Partnership area FNS February 27th. would great could see you that day your agenda allows. Finally, please let know how can about making the 
connection between your regional office Denver and OUR Consulates Denver and Kansas. 
Thanks advance and looking forward see you soon, 
JCL 
Juan Carlos Lara-Armienta Head Section 
Regional and Hispanic Affairs Embassy Mexico 
1911 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, 20006 
Tel. 202-728-1634 
Fax. 202-833-4320 
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