Qualified Immigrants Informed

    Immigrants represent 11 percent of the total U.S population but make up 14 percent of the U.S labor force and 20 percent of the nation’s low wage labor force (Capps, Fix, Henderson, & Reardon-Anderson, 2003). These percentages show the financial struggle many immigrant families must face due to such low wages. Due to the federal welfare and immigration laws passed in 1996 and subsequent legislation, much confusion has risen regarding eligibility for public benefits for qualified immigrants that has caused a drop-in participation of immigrants in public benefit programs like TANF or SNAP. That is why, I find it extremely necessary that the U.S Department of Human Services requires proper training to benefit agencies such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplementary Nutrition Assistance for Needy Families (SNAP) on the eligibility rules for immigrants who fall under the category of “qualified” under the 1996 welfare law in every individual state.

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There is much debate and different view points on whether immigrants should receive social welfare benefits or not. The truth is that immigrants work hard for their money and if “qualified” should have the same access to benefits as a U.S citizen. The following is a short clip about what politics have to say about immigrants and welfare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXoQBW53i1w

Due to the lack of training of social welfare benefit agencies many immigrants have decided to stop using benefits they qualify for. Some agencies misinform immigrants that if they seek or apply for benefits they may be considered a public charge. Rosa who is an immigrant who used SNAP has stopped using it because she fears it my lead to her deportation. Now she is faced with financial hardship. Here is her story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwgiE4IUhZA


I find it urgent that by April of 2019 there be a training established that can roll out and be provided to employees of public service agencies that trains them on the general and state rules and regulations of qualification requirements for qualified immigrants, so that they can know how to inform qualified immigrants of the benefits they qualify for.  The HHS should fund training development and implementation. This can be done by employing a group of professionals that will develop a training program that will include modules of laws, rules and regulations, eligibility history, and state policies regarding benefit eligibility. Employees should pass an exam at the end of training to certify they’re capability to in a social welfare agency.

The following link takes you to the story of Jose Escobar and the Rodriguez family. Jose Escobar was deported leaving behind his wife and two kids. The Rodriguez family is also days away from losing their father as he gets deported back to El Salvador. These families are left without a primary provider for their family and now more than ever they will need access to social welfare benefits. These families should be able to apply without receiving misinformation from public welfare benefit agencies or getting turned away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9YAYMqoM1A

Organizations such as National Immigration Law Center and Immigration Legal Resources Center strive to help immigrants who are faced by these limitations. They inform clients of their rights and eligibility to resources. The mission of Immigration Legal Resources Center is “To work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.”


Qualified immigrants need to be properly informed of their eligibility for welfare benefits.





I am sure if I asked you, “is there anything you have that you need more of,” you would say “yes.”  For some it may be more money, time, health, family, education, food, or even peace.  But, we all have a little bit of something  that we think we need more of to make our life a lot easier.  Maybe at this point in your life, you feel that if you just had a little more money you could get by, if you just had a little more time to invest in your kids they wouldn’t be so rebellious, if you just had a Master’s instead of a Bachelor’s degree you would have your dream job, or If you just had a little more energy you could get up and go to church on Sundays.  If only you had a little bit more, huh?  I find it rather interesting that we ask for more, yet when we get more, it still doesn’t seem to be enough.  Remember when you worked a job where you only made half of what you are making now, and you still were able to live off of it?   Now, you might be making double, but you think that you need a little bit more.  I believe the problem is not with the amount of something we have, but rather with our lack of faith to be not only content, but to feel safeguarded with what we have. 

                Our little bits with God can fill up many jars of oil.  If you read 2 Kings: 4, you learn that a widow came to the prophet Elisha seeking counsel.  Her husband, who revered the Lord, died, and then the creditors wanted to take her two sons, and make them their slaves.  Elisha asked her how he could help her, and he also asked what she had in her house.  It’s important that we do not miss this vital point:  he asked her what she had in her house.   In other words, he wanted to see what she had that she could rely upon.  What in her house could God have used to help her get out of her situation?  And I ask you today, what do you have in your hands that God can use to help you get out of your situation?

                She told the prophet that she only had a small jar of olive oil.  From 2 Kings 4:2, “Your servant has nothing there at all, she said, ‘except a small jar of olive oil’.  This teaches us not to despise or downplay anything that you may have, no matter how small or little it may seem to you.  If you have something, the Lord gave it to you for a reason.  The prophet then told her in verse 3, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars.  Don’t ask for just a few.”  I believe the reason he told her to go around and ask her neighbors for empty jars was to activate her faith.  She only had a small jar of oil, but then, she had to go around asking for empty jars?  For what reason?  You see, sometimes when we act on faith it will not make sense to others, or even to ourselves.  The neighbors knew she was a poor window.  They were probably wondering why she needed those empty jars.  God will always ask us to act on our faith.  James 2:17 says “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  After she acted on faith, he told her to start filling the jars with the small jar of oil she had.   She poured the oil into every jar, until the last one was filled.  The Bible says, “Then the oil stopped flowing” (2 Kings 4:6).   It doesn’t say how many jars she filled, but there were many.  She filled many jars from one small jar.  She filled them with the only thing she had in her house – her little bit.

                2 Kings 4:7 declares, “She went and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debt.  You and your sons can live on what is left.’  Do you realize what happened there?   After she acted on faith and went to a man of God seeking a response from the Lord, her little bit not only paid her debt, but also provided some for herself.  God can multiply our little bits and get us out of whatever situation we are in.  You may think you do not have enough of something, but if you ask God to bless and work with what you already do have, you will see God multiply it.  Our biggest mistake is complaining about what we don’t have, and not praying over what we do have.  Pray that God multiplies your strength, your health, your finances, your time, or whatever you think that you lack at this time.   Before you ask God for what you want, thank God for what you have.

The Bible says in Psalms 37:25, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”  Let’s be grateful for our little bits today.   Please join me:

Father, I pray that all of us who read this today may understand that your head is powerful to multiply many things that may seem little in our own heads.  Father, may you multiply my little bits to bless others.  We thank you for what we do have, and because of that, we choose to be happy and content.  In Jesus name, I pray, Amen. 

Much love,





     This past month, God put in my heart to blog on a series of “The power of….”   My desire was to share the power that God gives us.  I wanted to share with you how He can make us able to do things we never imagined we could do.  For me, that meant letting go, and not dwelling upon certain things from my past.  But here I am, free from all of that.  Through Jesus Christ, all things are made new, and when we receive his Holy Spirit, we are empowered to do all things through Him who strengthens us.  The Bible says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
     God is so good and faithful to us.  So, before I close this series, I need you to know ultimately there is nothing and no one more powerful than Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  I mean NOTHING.  There is power just in the mention of His name.  In Romans 14:11, it is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
     Where am I trying to go with this?  Basically, I want to tell you that God holds the ultimate power over any circumstances you may be facing.  Whether they are big or small.  Whether the circumstances deem it impossible to change.  I know and worship a God who rejects impossibilities.  He makes that which appears impossible, possible.  Nothing you may be facing is too great for God to get you through.
     Have your kids fallen into drugs?  Have you lost your job?  Are you in the wrong relationship?  Has everyone left you alone?  Are you losing hope?  Guess what?  God is GREATER than all of that.  He is greater than all the messes we get ourselves in. He is able to take your circumstances, and exceedingly and abundantly change them, because He holds the ultimate power.
     His only Son, Jesus Christ, defeated death and was raised on the third day.  Live consistently with His example, keep pushing forward, and don’t let go.  God is with you.  He has the power to change your sorrow into joy.  He can change your mourning into praise, and your failure into victory.  1 John 4:4 tells us that “you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
     Don’t let your situation produce doubts about what God can do with you and through you.  May you be blessed to bless others.  May you be empowered to change the world, and transformed to be who He has called you to be.
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If there is something in this world that God wants us to do more than anything else, it is to believe in Him.

Believing in God means letting go of our fears, insecurities, failures, and having faith that He is greater than all those things.  God also wants us to believe that He is our Heavenly Father, and that He has been there all along in the midst of all of our trials and tribulations.  He wants us to believe that He has never left us, nor forsaken us.

I don’t know what you may have gone through, or what you may be going through in your life, but I know that God has never left me.  And, just like He never left me to die, He won’t leave you.

In order to believe you need to have FAITH.  Faith is a huge key that we as believers should possess.  Having faith opens up doors for us to keep pushing through adversity, to keep fighting, and to keep walking toward our purpose.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Although we may not see things getting better, or we may not see the results of what we have been working for, we need to have faith and certainty that God is working in our favor.  We need to believe that if He promised that He is going to do something, then He is going to do it.

When we act on faith, we move God’s heart.  That is to say, maybe you don’t have the funds to go to school, but you believe God is going to provide, so you act in faith and enroll in classes to fulfill your dreams.  God has seen your faith, and He will provide for your education.

Perhaps you are a single mother who wants to dedicate more time to your kids, but you are stuck working two jobs.  When you act in faith to quit that second job so that you can spend more time with your kids, I guarantee you that God will supply for you.

It doesn’t matter what your circumstances may be. When you believe and have faith, the Heavens open in your favor.

I left my home state and moved away, believing my life would change for the better.  I had no money,  I didn’t have a job or car when I got to Texas.  But I acted in faith, and hoped for a better life.  Today, I have everything that I never had before.  And God has multiplied and tripled me in faith – spiritually, educationally, and financially.  He has opened doors I never thought I could walk through.

Faith has the power to move mountains. The Bible says in Matthew 17:20, “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’”

What mountain do you need to move?  Is there anything impossible for God?  Will you act in faith?  Can you have faith as small as a mustard seed today?

Your faith has the power to move what ever mountain you are facing today.  Believe today, and trust God.

I hope this blesses your life today. I pray that you activate your faith.
Much love,

The Power of a Decision

Remember when you said you were going to go back to school, become debt-free, lose weight, buy the house of your dreams, start going to church, write the book you wanted, be content with what you have, stay off drugs, or even just clean the house?  Do you remember that?  Well, what happened?  Did you become less able to do it?  Did you lose your potential?  Was there something physically stopping you?

Where am I going with all these questions?  Funny, right?  First, I want to say, no you have not become less able, you have not lost your potential, and I am pretty sure you are not tied up on a chair and can’t move.  So, the real question is what’s really stopping you?
It can be a series of different things for all of us.  Perhaps fear, lack of money, not setting priorities, wasting time, doing too much at once, or simply failing to just get started.  Yes, it may be one of those things, BUT, ultimately it is because you have not made the DECISION to do it.

I don’t care about all the obstacles that come up against us, or all the odds we face when we DECIDE to do something.  I believe that many of us have not decided to do what God has called us to do. We have not decided to fulfill our dreams.  We have not decided to walk in God’s purpose for our life, and we have not decided to commit to anything we have said we are going to do.

Now this is a little strong, but bear with me.  It gets better, I promise.  We have all been chosen by God for greatness, and God is so good He wants us to fulfill our dreams.  He does not want us stuck in the same routine our entire life.  He wants us to be happy, as we walk in His will.

Every person God used in the Bible had all the potential to do what He had called them to do.  Most of them had excuses, such as Jeremiah and Moses.  They felt inadequate to do what they were called to do. Jeremiah 1:7-8 says, “But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.  You see, he was limiting himself, when not even God was putting any limits on him.  Moses did the same thing.  BUT, when they decided to stop making excuses, God used them in endless ways, so much so that they are two of the most spoken about characters in the Bible.

Here’s the other part to the point I want to make.  There is a difference between intent and decision. Intent is a desire to do something for a purpose, or the thought of doing something meaningful.  Decision, on the other hand, is an action.  It is making one’s mind up, and doing it.  So, intent has no power.  Decision does.

God wants to help you accomplish you dreams.  God wants to use you, and bless you, but you must decide and make up your mind that no matter what, you will follow God’s plan for you.  It is when you decide and step out in faith that things start happening, and doors start opening.

The Bible says in Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”  He is faithful, and I guarantee you if you decide to let Him help you, He will do it.  Jesus Christ not only intended to come and save us. He decided to come and save us.  It is because of that decision that now we are able to live a life free of hurt and pain, and as I said on my last post, free from our past. Live in the power of a decision.

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