It will not directly affect him, but possibly indirectly. If you have a lawyer, you should consult him first. Good luck to you.
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Food stamp benefits is not included in the list of benefits that effects future claims. In reality, food stamps as a means test benefits qualifies the person under category 1 of the I-912 fee waiver.
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You applying for food stamps will not really impact his case. But you certainly need to hire an immigration lawyer fast, because if he had a case in 2001, than most likely he has a final order of removal, and since he now has ICE detainer, he will not be eligible to see the immigration judge, and will be removed.
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Do you have a criminal defense lawyer or an immigration lawyer? you need both. And that is the person you need to speak with. Food stamps will not directly affect him, but it will affect him if there is a way for you to sponsor him for a green card. Since that seems distant and unlikely, if you need food stamps, you shouldn't refrain based on this.