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Case Worker: Illegal Aliens Got Food Stamps by the “Vanload”

Posted by on May. 1, 2013 at 4:50 AM
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For decades the U.S. government has knowingly given illegal immigrants food stamps, according to a former certification case worker who denounced the costly practice back in the 1980s but was essentially ordered to keep a lid on it.

The retired assistant case manager, Craig McNees, was in charge of vetting food-stamp applicants in north Florida and Indiana in the ’80s and says the program was infested with fraud and corruption that was perpetually ignored by management. “Illegals would come in by the vanload and we were told to give them their stuff,” McNees said. “Management knew very well they were illegal. It was so rampant that some employees would tell their illegal relatives to come get food stamps.”

McNees contacted Judicial Watch after reading documents obtained by JW from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) detailing how the agency is working with the Mexican government to promote participation by illegal aliens in the U.S. food stamp program. The effort includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA ensuring that Mexicans in the U.S. don’t need to declare their immigration status to get financial assistance from Uncle Sam.

The documents ignited outrage considering the nation’s food stamp program has exploded under President Obama, who claims there are too many “food insecure households” in America. To correct the problem the administration has spent millions on ad campaigns promoting food stamps and has rewarded states with multi-million-dollar bonuses for signing up recipients. It’s been quite effective because American taxpayers spent an astounding $80.4 billion on the program in 2012 and a record number of people—46 million and growing—get free groceries from Uncle Sam.

The retired case worker who contacted JW says in the three years he worked in a Sarasota food-stamp office, he found more than 500 cases of fraud but management ignored them all instead pushing a yearly quota. “They just said that if we don’t give out as many as last year, we don’t get our money,” McNees said. “It was crazy, like a three-ring circus; like the inmates were running the asylum.”

Decades later it seems little has changed as Obama promotes the program like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, last summer a federal audit revealed that many who don’t qualify for food stamps receive them under a special “broad-based” eligibility program that disregards income and asset requirements. That means American taxpayers are getting stuck with a multi-million-dollar tab to feed hundreds of thousands who can well afford to feed themselves.  

Adding insult to injury, last spring the USDA Inspector General revealed that many food-stamp recipients use their welfare benefit to buy drugs, weapons and other contraband from unscrupulous vendors. Some trade food stamps for reduced amounts of cash, the USDA watchdog told Congress, disclosing that the fraud has cost taxpayers nearly $200 million. None of this surprises McNees, who claims he witnessed so much fraud as a food-stamp case worker that he “could write a book.”

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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on May. 1, 2013 at 6:26 AM
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I don't understand why this is news to anyone. Anyone who have ever worked in or around social services is fully aware of this...and that's a shit load of people.

How in the fuck could it take republicans 40 years to figure it out? (Well, assuming this brilliant author is a republican).

jllcali
by LoyalAndCute on May. 1, 2013 at 6:30 AM
1980's. Hmmmmm.
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by Gold Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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Hmmm. Interesting. Many who don't qualify for food stamps receive them under a special broad-based eligibility program that disregards income and asset requirements, yet they are talking about people here illegally getting them?

VERY doubtful. Illegal immigrants for the most part make up the poorest of the poor in this country right now. Sad thing is, at least in Florida, they also take the jobs no one else wants, doing back-breaking work in fern, potato, strawberry and other fields picking for about 12 hours a day for pay well below minimum wage and with no protections that American workers generally have (sexual abuse/assault in the fields, lack of drinking water, etc.). Many live in farm trailers with no indoor plumbing with upwards of 15 people.

I would also imagine that more people are getting food stamps these days since the economic collapse in 08.

Believe me, I am against food stamp and other welfare fraud and I think way too many abuse the system (if you don't believe me, go in Mom Confessions -- holy crap, man, they brag about it in there as they pop out one kid after the other). But, once again, I think illegal immigrants become the scapegoat for a national problem, just as Mexican immigrants started to be targeted (and are now again) after 9/11.

As my DH says, you didn't see Mexicans guiding those planes into the Twin Towers. . . but I digress.

 

lga1965
by Ruby Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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Quoting jllcali:

1980's. Hmmmmm.

 Yes, it has been going on for decades and it's not just "Illegals" who trade their food stamps for cash and buy drugs, booze,etc. But its a lot more fun for her to zero in on "illegals",isn't it. Welfare fraud and misuse of welfare is a very old story, among US citizens.Americans have been creating all kinds of ways to obtain welfare when they do not qualify.

Donna6503
by Gold Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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I think there is more fraud to be found with actual American citizens than with immigrants in the Food Stamp program.
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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on May. 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM
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 I agree with this. If I were aware of fraud I would report it. hmmm I wonder why the social workers who are aware don't report. Oh that's right they are benefiting from the fraud.


Quoting Donna6503:

I think there is more fraud to be found with actual American citizens than with immigrants in the Food Stamp program.


 

jllcali
by LoyalAndCute on May. 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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If this guy mentioned in the article truly gave a shit, why didn't he do more when it happened 30 years ago? Why didn't Reagan and Bush Sr do anything about this, seeing as how they were president in that time period?

Quoting lga1965:

 


Quoting jllcali:

1980's. Hmmmmm.

 Yes, it has been going on for decades and it's not just "Illegals" who trade their food stamps for cash and buy drugs, booze,etc. But its a lot more fun for her to zero in on "illegals",isn't it. Welfare fraud and misuse of welfare is a very old story, among US citizens.Americans have been creating all kinds of ways to obtain welfare when they do not qualify.

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on May. 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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exactly, if this has been happening for decades how is it the current administrations fault and why didn't this person do something back then, I think that should be investigated.

Quoting jllcali:

If this guy mentioned in the article truly gave a shit, why didn't he do more when it happened 30 years ago? Why didn't Reagan and Bush Sr do anything about this, seeing as how they were president in that time period?

Quoting lga1965:

 


Quoting jllcali:

1980's. Hmmmmm.

 Yes, it has been going on for decades and it's not just "Illegals" who trade their food stamps for cash and buy drugs, booze,etc. But its a lot more fun for her to zero in on "illegals",isn't it. Welfare fraud and misuse of welfare is a very old story, among US citizens.Americans have been creating all kinds of ways to obtain welfare when they do not qualify.


 

jllcali
by LoyalAndCute on May. 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM
Yep

Quoting mikiemom:

 


exactly, if this has been happening for decades how is it the current administrations fault and why didn't this person do something back then, I think that should be investigated.


Quoting jllcali:

If this guy mentioned in the article truly gave a shit, why didn't he do more when it happened 30 years ago? Why didn't Reagan and Bush Sr do anything about this, seeing as how they were president in that time period?


Quoting lga1965:


 



Quoting jllcali:

1980's. Hmmmmm.


 Yes, it has been going on for decades and it's not just "Illegals" who trade their food stamps for cash and buy drugs, booze,etc. But its a lot more fun for her to zero in on "illegals",isn't it. Welfare fraud and misuse of welfare is a very old story, among US citizens.Americans have been creating all kinds of ways to obtain welfare when they do not qualify.




 

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by on May. 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

IMO it's pointless to say anything to anyone. It's kind of like loss prevention in retail stores, the LP employees can't do anything to the people that steal namely prevent them from leaving with the stole merchandise.

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