Court says immigrant food-stamp cuts constitutional


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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By Terry Baynes – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld state budget cuts that eliminated food assistance benefits for certain legal immigrants, reversing a lower court that had blocked the money-saving measure.

“States constitutionally can do precisely what Washington did here: provide supplemental benefits when the state’s coffers bulge, but eliminate them when the state’s resources diminish,” the three-judge panel wrote.

Washington had participated in the federal government‘s food stamp program since its inception in 1964, distributing federal benefits to citizens and non-citizen residents alike. more> http://is.gd/yFAjF5

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