USDA invites illegal aliens to go on food stamps
Brazen...shocking...nutszo. Call it whatever you want, but this flyer the Department of Agriculture is planning to circulate in the Hispanic community proudly boasts that you don't have to declare your "immigration status" to get food stamps.
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.
Part of the job of the USDA is to beat the bushes to drum up customers for its programs. That includes everything from farm-related goodies to food stamps. But Obama has taken this concept and made it into a religion. Vigorous, aggressive marketing to the middle class and now illegal aliens to get on food stamps - after relaxing criteria for acceptance - has led to the explosion in food stamp participation.
Times are tough and the number of food stamp recipients has increased because of that. But inviting people here illegally to latch on to a taxpayer-financed nutrition program is outrageous. No other country on earth would allow immigrants in who couldn't demonstrate the ability to support themselves.