Above: Store in Los Angeles which caters to illegal immigrants
by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
The more than $1 trillion federal appropriations measure passed today in the House does not eliminate a controversial program initiated by the Department of Agriculture and with the assistance of the Mexican government that promotes food stamps through outreach and advertising to illegal immigrants living in and coming into the United States.
In fact, it only “strongly” encourages the Department of Agricultural to stop the program, according to the explanatory statement offered by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers. Rogers worked out the arrangement with Senate counterpart Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in consultations before the bill was filed.
Although federal law requires that those granted entry into the U.S. must be able to support themselves financially, the administration continues to promote food stamps to illegal aliens through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
There is no exact estimate on how much the program has cost taxpayers in terms of personnel, increased enrollment and the actual food stamps distributed to Mexican nationals living in the U.S. illegally because there has never been a cost estimate conducted on the program, a GOP congressional aide told Top Right News on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.
“It’s simply appalling that our government is even doing this—recruiting people who have come to America into government dependence,” said the GOP congressional aide. “There is an ongoing partnership with USDA and the government of Mexico to promote food stamp use by Mexican nationals in the U.S. What happens in the omnibus is they put out the summary document claiming they are prohibiting the program. But in reality, there is no language that does this. There is language in the nonbinding explanatory statement encouraging USDA to stop working with foreign governments to promote food stamp use by immigrants, but that is not legally binding.”
Some of the materials the USDA encourages the Mexican government to use to educate and promote the benefit programs s include Spanish brochures titled “Five Easy Steps To Snap Benefits,” “How To Get Food Help,” “Ending Hunger Improving Nutrition Combating Obesity,” and posters with slogans like “Food Stamps Make America Stronger.”
Mexico is NOT a poor nation – it is the world’s 10th richest, in fact. It boasts the world’s 2nd richest man, Carlos Slim Helú, worth $69 billion. It has a state run oil monopoly, Pemex, worth $416 billion – the second largest private company on Earth.
Yet Mexico cynically uses the United states as its outsourced welfare system. It sends hundreds of thousands of its poor illegal aliens to the U.S. every year – even printing a guide to help themcross the border and get benefits in the U.S. – and calls us racists when we try and stop it. And despite collecting billions in welfare, food stamps, WIC and even fraudulent IRS tax credits – those same illegals still send over $23 billion home in wages earned by taking unlawful jobs from Americans back to Mexico in cash transfers (“remittances”).
And the ruling class in Washington, D.C. — both Democrats and Republicans — seem to want to keep it that way.
Brian Hayes is a former crime reporter from Tampa, FL who currently blogs about immigration issues.