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Old 07-19-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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07/19/2012
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NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Kethia Dorelus a social worker with the Cooperative Feeding Program displays a Federal food stamps card that is used to purchase food on February 10, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

USDA has an agreement with Mexico to promote American food assistance programs, including food stamps, among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.

“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 in a brief paragraph on their “Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition Assistance” web page. “Mexico will help disseminate this information through its embassy and network of approximately 50 consular offices.”

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 asked for details and to elaborate on the program, USDA stressed it was established in 2004 and not meant for illegal immigrants.

“The partnership with the Mexican embassy was established in 2004,” a USDA spokesman wrote The Daily Caller in an email. “USDA does not perform outreach to immigrants that are undocumented, and therefore not eligible for SNAP.”

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been pushing for reform of SNAP, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Wednesday demanding more answers and documents pertaining to the partnership.

The agency has yet to supply documents and information requested by Sessions’ Senate Budget Committee staff, including the Memorandums of Understanding between USDA and the Mexican government regarding the food assistance partnership.

In an interview with TheDC, Sessions explained that the little-known partnership raises questions not just about where tax money is going, but about America’s immigration policy.

“It’s a very disturbing policy, gone on for some years, and it raises very serious questions about American immigration policy as well as fiscal policy,” Session said. “Let’s get back to the fundamentals. What happened with the ‘96 welfare reform was to say that if want to you come to America you come legally, you assert you’re not coming for welfare benefits but you’re coming to work or otherwise be independent. There is no logic behind an immigration policy that would encourage immigrants who can’t successfully operate within this society.”

According to Sessions, immigrants who come to America should be able to operate successfully without the aid of government.

“An immigration policy should seek to bring people to the United States who will be able to function independently without government subsidies,” he explained. “We’ve got millions of people that want to come here, millions of people who would be able to perform without a subsidy, so we need to be selecting those people.”

Sessions isn’t simply concerned that the USDA has eschewed transparency with their Mexican partnership or that legal immigrants are encouraged to get on the government’s handout rolls — he is also worried about the lack of protections against undocumented immigrants receiving benefits for which they are not qualified.

As the senator detailed in his letter to Vilsack, and the USDA’s 2011 Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility for SNAP explains, although undocumented immigrants are usually not eligible to enroll in SNAP, illegals may enroll their eligible children.

It is up to the states to determine if applicants or households are qualified aliens. In some circumstances, SNAP benefits can be conferred upon people who merely state, upon penalty of perjury, that they are in the country legally.

“Applicants need only attest that they are citizens of the United States, and the state must accept that attestation as conclusive,” Sessions explained in his letter. “Some states currently voluntarily participate in the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program, which allows administrators to run a simple check to determine if non-citizen applicants are eligible for benefits. States that do not use SAVE to verify alien status may simply accept the applicant’s attestation of legal status as a substitute for verification, or, alternately, may accept submitted documents without checking their veracity.”

Sessions offered an amendment to the Senate version of the 2012 farm bill last month which would have required the government to use SAVE — a program similar to E-Verify — to ensure SNAP recipients are in the country legally. The amendment was not brought to the floor for a vote.

According to Sessions’ office, the Congressional Budget Office was unable to estimate how much money the SAVE amendment would have saved because the federal government does not know how many ineligible illegal immigrants have accessed SNAP.

Mexico is the only country with which USDA has a nutrition assistance outreach partnership agreement.




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The Mexican government, ladies and gentlemen, has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Mexican government working with the Obama regime to increase participation in the food stamp program. That's why I read it slowly. You heard me. "The USDA has an agreement with Mexico to promote American food assistance programs, including food stamps, among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America. '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 in a brief paragraph on their 'Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition Assistance' web page."

There is a website called Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition Assistance. "Mexico will help disseminate this information through its embassy and network of approximately 50 consular offices." So the deal is that Mexico is going to help the USDA advertise the food stamp program to low income Hispanics who need nutrition assistance. Now, ladies and gentlemen, isn't it so that the moral and the really compassionate thing would be to educate and inspire people to get to a level where they no longer need this? That's what we conservatives believe in. We would rather count or define compassion by counting the number of people who no longer need food stamps because they have become self-reliant.

Now, what's Obama doing here? Obama is advertising now in Mexico for a permanent underclass. (interruption) A question from the official program observer. Yes, what's the question? Why are we profiling? Because it has been determined that Mexicans will be the new permanent underclass for the Democrat Party. They're made to order. By definition, they arrive poor. We want to keep them that way. How do you keep people poor? Well, you keep them poor by making sure they can't provide for themselves. That's how you prolong poverty. (interruption) You can profile them for food stamps. Well, I don't know if you're profiling them. You say targeting. We're offering a benefit. Profile has a negative connotation to it.

But this, it's almost like we're singling them out for the benefit. That's what they are to believe. But you prolong poverty by ensuring that people cannot provide for themselves. That's what Obama's doing here. More and more Americans are going to be forced to admit who they elected. More and more Americans are going to be forced to understand what this man's plans for the country are. He is not interested in getting people off the welfare rolls. Don't forget, this is the guy who last week gutted the work requirements in welfare reform. Now, work is how you get out of poverty, folks. Work is step one to getting out of poverty, and Obama gutted the work requirements for welfare.

Now he's extending food stamps to a Mexican community in this country and using the Mexican government to help advertise. So you turn on television down in Mexico and you probably hear, "If you're planning on going to the United States, once you get there here's how you get food stamps." At the end of the commercial it should say (impression), "I'm Barack Obama, on behalf of the USDA, and I wrote and approved this message." So the message is: Obama wants you! If you come, here's your food stamps.

"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... 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."

The "outreach and education" is: Learn how to qualify. "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.'"

That's right.

There are posters that are gonna be out there, and they say, "Food Stamps Make America Stronger."

"When asked for details and to elaborate on the program, USDA stressed it was established in 2004 and not meant for illegal[s]..." It's meant for people who are already hear and who are starving. "'The partnership with the Mexican embassy was established in 2004,' a USDA spokesman wrote The Daily Caller in an email. 'USDA does not perform outreach to immigrants that are undocumented, and therefore not eligible for [food stamps].' Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been pushing for reform of SNAP, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Wednesday demanding more answers and documents pertaining to the partnership."

But what more do you need to know?
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you've got to be f'in kidding me
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you've got to be f'in kidding me
would the Obama administration lie to you? in this case I wish they were
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would the Obama administration lie to you? in this case I wish they were
.... after this much s$%+, you would think I would stop being & just go with the flow
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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So, now we're advertising in mexico for vermin to cross the border and get free food stamps?
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So, now we're advertising in mexico for vermin to cross the border and get free food stamps?
Obama's biggest issue with this election is the fact he doesn't have the economy on its knees. He needs a huge crisis to declare martial law in the name of safety. They are pushing to the end, though.
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It came from the Onion?

Oh crap, it did not.
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These people need to be stopped
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The need to be and there is already enough out there to stop them. However, there is nobody willing........
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They are ransacking the resources of this country.
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THe level they are sinking to is just sad. It is crazy what they are doing and no one has the guts to stop them.
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Get 'em in, get 'em on food stamps, then get 'em amnesty. Man...what a voter base!
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