I am an american citizen born and raised in S Florida. About 3-4 years ago, I met a lovely woman from Southampton in the UK. We grew close and a year later I left the US and went to England for 6 months, after 6 months, I came back to Florida with my girlfriend. We both weren't planning on staying here, we were planning to go back to England, but decided against it and we wound up just staying here, around June of 2008 we were married. I love her more than I could ever explain. Never got help with anything, lived out of a truck, out of my mom's den, you name it we've been there. Well recently we had a little girl Kateri on 9/10/10, we've now finally got our own place. But being that she is from the UK and though we are legally married, we haven't been able to start proceedings for the Green card because frankly, I just can't afford it, between rent, power and food there is literally nothing left except maybe 10-20 bucks and I do need gas to get to work. I am the only income earner at the moment, since she can't work legally, and I don't want her to get in any trouble doing "under the table" jobs.
My question is, I'm trying to apply for foodstamps, I could care less about medicaid and all that, frankly I don't trust doctors, but that's another issue, I just need a bit of help with food for me, my wife and newborn child. If my wife doesn't eat enough she can't produce enough breast milk, which affects my daughter. So! I'm wondering if anyone had some insight into this? There is no sham, she's not from Mexico, and if the US gov't ever tried to deport her I would go off the rails, and would probably renounce my citizenship and just move to Canada or back to UK, I will not have my country tell me that I cannot have my wife by my side. I've worked since 17, between repossessions, snake-handling, door to door vacuums, desk jobs, you name it I've probably done it to make money to keep us alive. But with new baby, my expenses are growing between diapers and wipes and creams and clothes for baby, I'm coming up short. It's a battle month to month just to make ends meet.
Anyways, long story short (I know too late) I just don't want this to backfire, technically my wife came in on the VWP (Visa Waiver Program) we weren't planning on living here permanently but it somehow happened that way, and we were just barely able to get ourselves into a mobile home, we pay $615 a month and in 10 years it will be ours. No, admittedly not the best situation, but I need a place to live and obviously my credit sucks or else I wouldn't ask for gov't help.
I just need some food stamps for food for my wife, my daughter and myself, but at the same time if this hurts my wife in any way, I'll back out now.
Don't give me any crap about illegal this or illegal that, because I AM a citizen, I was born here, I've worked here, paid taxes and have a right as an american citizen to allow my wife to be here with me, if my wife was able to work she would as she was the one who supported me for 6 months in England when I couldn't work. She doesn't work because it would be illegal, she's already technically here illegally because we can't get the paperwork sorted due to financial issues, if I had the money she would be a resident in a few months, but I don't and I need help. My mother, father and I don't see eye to eye and her family lives in England. Don't give me crap, because I am a repoman and we don't take to kindly to crap......