Oh SNAP! USDA & Mexico Join To Promote Food Stamp Participation

As if the federal government and the welfare system have not sold the American people out enough, we are now learning that Obama’s USDA is now fully in bed with the Mexican government. Together they are working to promote the United States Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or we more readily recognize it as the food stamps welfare program.

The Name got a face lift after the government didn’t want people to bear a stigma about being on welfare. In fact, we have seen where the government has spent millions to promote people getting on welfare, rather than being independent, and in many cases the welfare is used for things other than food. We’ve also witnessed Barack Obama sending welfare overseas at an alarming rate.

Now, instead of overseas, we’re seeing American welfare programs promoted across the border.

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“USDA and the government of Mexico have entered into a partnership to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance,” the USDA explains on it’s webpage titled “Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition Assistance.

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The Daily Caller reports,

The partnership — which was signed by former USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista in 2004 — sees to it that the Mexican Embassy and Mexican consulates in America provide USDA nutrition assistance program information to Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals working in America and migrant communities in America. The information is specifically focused on eligibility criteria and access.

The goal, for USDA, is to get rid of what they see as enrollment obstacles and increase access among potentially eligible populations by working with arms of the Mexican government in America. Benefits are not guaranteed or provided under the program — the purpose is outreach and education.

Some of the materials the USDA encourages the Mexican government to use to educate and promote the benefit programs are available free online for order and download. A partial list of materials include English and Spanish brochures titled “Five Easy Steps To Snap Benefits,” “How To Get Food Help — A Consumer’s Guide to FNCS Programs,” “Ending Hunger Improving Nutrition Combating Obesity,” and posters with slogans like “Food Stamps Make America Stronger.”

When the USDA was asked for comment concerning the program they said that it was not meant for illegal immigrants. If that is the case, then why promote it to Mexican nationals? I smell smoke. Someone’s pants must be on fire.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in which he demanded answers and documents pertaining to the partnership.

In that letter he writes,

“It is a sound principle of immigration policy that those who come to America be able to take care of themselves financially. This ‘partnership’ and related consulate activity appears to assume that principle is no longer in effect.

It has become increasingly clear that the mission of the food stamp program has moved from targeted welfare assistance for those in need into an aggressive drive to expand enrollment regardless of need. To cite just one example, a character in a USDA produced Spanish-language ‘radio novela’ tries to convince a friend to enroll in food stamps even though that individual says, ‘I don’t need anyone’s help. My husband earns enough to take care of us.’ The first individual responds: ‘When are you going to learn?’ Pride ought to be celebrated, not mocked.

The compassionate policy is not seeking to place the largest possible number of people on welfare support – pressuring, even intimidating, those who resist. Rather, the goal should be to help people move from welfare to gainful employment, to ensure benefits are targeted to those in genuine need, and to seek a future where more Americans are able to achieve financial independence.”

While the USDA’s 2011 Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility for SNAP claims that undocumented immigrants are not eligible to enroll in SNAP, illegals can enroll their eligible children.

This has to be the most insane policy. Our own government is not only out to up the numbers of people on welfare in our own country who are legal citizens, but now they are advertizing to those who are not legal citizens and even those who don’t live in this country. This will only worsen the economic impact that Americans are already feeling as these leeches of society are not using the program as a “safety net,” but rather are using it for their livelihood and the American government seems quite content to encourage them to do it.

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