According to the federal Food and Drug Administration, the number of food stamp cards seized by local police has increased significantly since President Donald Trump took office.
During the 2016 campaign, the agency said it seized an average of 4.7 million cards each month.
However, since Trump’s inauguration, seizures have doubled.
In addition, some states have begun to take more action, like Texas, which has banned food stamp recipients from using their card to buy alcohol.
“It’s clear that the administration is making it more difficult for people to get food stamps,” said John Husted, who was the Texas governor at the time of the crackdown.
“In Texas, we’ve seen an increase in food stamp use by people who can’t afford to buy a gallon of milk, but not so much by people that can.”
That’s a trend that could continue, Husted told The Daily Beast.
Husted said Texas is “a good example of how we need to focus our efforts on the most vulnerable in our society” and ensure that people are not targeted.
Huster has said he plans to introduce a bill to require the cardholders to apply for a new one and that the state will make sure the cardholder is not a repeat offender.
The Texas governor’s office said in a statement that the number and nature of the violations is being determined, but said it is concerned that cardholders may be more vulnerable to being targeted for additional seizures.
“We’re not sure exactly what they’re looking at,” Husted added.
“I’m sure they’re monitoring it.”
In addition to Texas, Huster said the state of Ohio has implemented “receipt limits” on the number that can be used.
Husting has said that the limits were put in place because the number seized by police was “a little too high.”
The law in Ohio is designed to limit the amount of food stamps and cash subsidies people can receive, as well as other benefits.
In the meantime, Husting told The Associated Press that he plans on introducing a bill in the coming weeks to increase the number allowed to receive food stamps by 10,000.
Hudders office did not respond to a request for comment.
In Arizona, which also has an annual limit of 4,000 food stamps, the sheriff’s office has been using the state’s food stamp system as a tool to keep track of people who are in the process of being evicted.
In one case, the department was using the system to determine if a woman who was evicted from her house was eligible for food stamps.
The woman’s name was not released because she was not a public-records request, according to The Arizona Republic.
When the woman arrived at the home, the eviction was stopped.
The sheriff’s department said it had not been able to determine the woman’s income because of a recent divorce.
The state’s attorney general’s office told The Republic the case was “fraught with legal complications.”
Hudds office said the department has no record of an eviction for that woman, according the newspaper.
The law is set to take effect in December.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety, which oversees the state, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the issue.
But in February, it reported that the department had seized more than 300,000 cards since January, with more than 40,000 people evicted in that period.
The department said the increased seizures have coincided with a rise in food stamps usage among recipients.
According to its most recent fiscal year, the state spent $16.5 million on food stamp assistance to people with incomes of up to $20,000 a year.
In a letter sent to The Daily Signal, a news outlet, state Treasurer John Chisholm said the agency is taking steps to “ensure that our state’s resources are appropriately spent.”