The United States is broke—we are $16 trillion in debt and running a deficit of about $1.3 trillion a year.
Yet, President Obama has decided to use Mexico to assure illegal aliens steal your tax dollars and use food stamps meant for hungry Americans.
“He also asks a few pertinent questions, such as how many “noncitizen immigrants” have been enrolled in SNAP in each of the last 10 years and whether the Mexican government is distributing SNAP outreach information within its own borders in addition to its consular offices in the U.S.
Is this information being distributed to aid Mexican nationals who have come to America, or is it being used as a giant carrot to promote more to come? And isn’t it a premise of our immigration policy that those who immigrate to the U.S. be able to support themselves financially?”
In an Obama world criminals from foreign nations can sneak into ours and receive free food, education and health care. At the same time, he is protecting them from our criminal laws.
Who does Obama represent, Americans or criminals from other nations?
Investors Business Daily, 7/20/12
Welfare: As if being “food stamp president” weren’t enough, Barack Obama’s administration is partnering with the Mexican government to make sure Mexican nationals living in the U.S. don’t miss out. Ay caramba!
On Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who’s been pushing for reform of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for details of our partnership agreement with Mexico to promote food stamp use, including whether we are looking the other way in cases of illegal aliens.
The partnership agreement goes back to 2004, so Obama administration defenders will no doubt say if there’s anything amiss it must be President George W. Bush’s fault. But just as food stamp use has skyrocketed here under President Obama, so too have marketing efforts in cooperation with Mexico. Is this an attempt to motivate the president’s Hispanic base?
Sessions seeks documents such as the memoranda of understanding between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Mexican government regarding the food assistance partnership. Sessions seeks a list of all programs, meetings and other activities designed to promote enrollment, as well as internal documents regarding strategies to increase enrollment, and copies of all brochures, posters and other literature.
He also asks a few pertinent questions, such as how many “noncitizen immigrants” have been enrolled in SNAP in each of the last 10 years and whether the Mexican government is distributing SNAP outreach information within its own borders in addition to its consular offices in the U.S.
Is this information being distributed to aid Mexican nationals who have come to America, or is it being used as a giant carrot to promote more to come? And isn’t it a premise of our immigration policy that those who immigrate to the U.S. be able to support themselves financially?
“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 its “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 operative word here is “eligible,” and Sessions wants to know how strictly that is being enforced, if at all. This has been an administration that has sued states such as Arizona over enforcement of other immigration-related laws and whose rewriting of deportation statutes is both legally questionable and politically motivated.
Our food stamp-dependent population under President Obama has exploded. Do we really need to import more? The percentage of Americans on food stamps is already at a record level: 14.8% of the population — or 46 million — are in the program. That’s far higher than the 9.3% who were taking food stamps during George W. Bush’s last year in office and in a different league than the 1970-2000 average of 7.9%.
Food stamp enrollment climbed an average 153,000 a month under Bush. Under Obama, it’s climbed an average 403,000 a month. As of last December, there were 46.5 million on food stamps. That’s 65% higher than at any time in the past four decades.
Of course, Vilsack is among those such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer who believe in the stimulating effect of such things as food stamps and unemployment checks. Vilsack has claimed that all this food stamp spending was accelerating economic growth, saying, “It’s the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times.”
Among the materials the USDA encourages the Mexican government to use is a poster with the Orwellian title, “Food Stamps Make America Stronger.” The fact that we have an administration that believes that helps explain the economic predicament we are in.