The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently warned officials in Sedgwick County, Kansas that their attempts to block undocumented immigrants from accessing the WIC program could lead to them losing federal grant money for their health department. USDA officials are requesting the county to stop any efforts to ask health clinic clients about their citizenship or immigration status.
In October last year, the Sedgwick County Commission requested the Kansas State Government to prevent undocumented immigrants from accessing the benefits of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutritional program, even if it currently has no eligibility requirement around immigrant status.
Furthermore, commissioners ordered county staff that same month to create a new form to be filled out by everyone who uses the county health department. The form contains questions about people’s immigration status.