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USDA Flyer: We Don't Check Immigration Status for Food Stamps

Posted by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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USDA Flyer: We Don't Check Immigration Status for Food Stamps

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A government watchdog group has discovered that the United States government is advising Spanish-speaking residents that they need not declare their immigration status to qualify for food stamps.

Judicial Watch obtained the Spanish-language flyers through a Freedom of Information Act request and announced on Thursday that the "promotion of the food stamp program, now known as 'SNAP' (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA.

A statement on the flyer—emphasized in bold and underlined—reads, “You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.”

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said of this discovery, the "USDA is actively working with the Mexican government to promote food stamps for illegal aliens." This implication, he asserted, "should have a direct impact on the fate of the immigration bill now being debated in Congress."

“These disclosures further confirm the fact that the Obama administration cannot be trusted to protect our borders or enforce our immigration laws," Fitton said. "And the coordination with a foreign government to attack the policies of an American state is contemptible.”

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) are working on a bill that would cut such programs.

“Since President Obama came into office, SNAP participation has increased at 10 times the rate of job creation, the annual spending on SNAP has doubled, and one in seven Americans now participates in SNAP,” Thune said. “This explosive growth in both the SNAP enrollment and federal cost of the program is alarming and requires lawmakers to take cost-effective legislative control measures.”

by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

And Mexico is about to give us the boot in the lower region.

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM

I won't be surprised if this was the truth. 

kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Oh SNAP!

Sorry.

Seriously though, I feel that if you are getting government assistance, then you need to be here legally. You should be required to show your documentation when filing the paperwork.

pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 7:23 AM

 True.  And now that MX is starting to give us some resistance then we should re-evaluate where our money is being spent.


Quoting kcangel63:

Oh SNAP!

Sorry.

Seriously though, I feel that if you are getting government assistance, then you need to be here legally. You should be required to show your documentation when filing the paperwork.


 

tooptimistic
by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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This bothers me.  I know too many seniors who are really stuggling deciding between food and medicine.  We should take care of our own.

If you are illegal you should not get any benifits at all.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

 

Is there something that would make you think that it isn't true?

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

I won't be surprised if this was the truth. 


 

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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 If you are here illegally, and have a baby, the child is a US citizen. The US citizen is eligible for food stamps, WIC, pre-school, school, whatever. The parents legal status has no bearing on what a US citizen is eligible for. If the parents are applying for a US citizen then that's it.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

 

While that is true and should be changed, that is in no way what the story is about.

Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

 If you are here illegally, and have a baby, the child is a US citizen. The US citizen is eligible for food stamps, WIC, pre-school, school, whatever. The parents legal status has no bearing on what a US citizen is eligible for. If the parents are applying for a US citizen then that's it.


 

findingserenity
by Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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With obama..im not surprised..and im a legal immigrant who paid thousands of dollars for my papers..not very happy. I swear that man is trying to destroy this country.turning it to a socialist country where people are dependent to the government..shame...


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

I won't be surprised if this was the truth. 


Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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He is, and he is not really even trying to hide it.

Quoting findingserenity:

With obama..im not surprised..and im a legal immigrant who paid thousands of dollars for my papers..not very happy. I swear that man is trying to destroy this country.turning it to a socialist country where people are dependent to the government..shame...


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

I won't be surprised if this was the truth. 



 

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