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Enrollment effort helping boost buying power of food program
San Antonio Express-News ^ | August 22, 2012 | Lynn Brezosky

Posted on 08/22/2012 10:23:52 AM PDT by moonshinner_09

EDINBURG — Linda Medrano and Elida Perez set out each day with clipboards, stacks of brochures, and practiced eyes for spotting chronic yet often treatable ailments.

As promotoras, paid part-time workers tasked with bringing health care basics to the rural poor, their destinations are the colonias of Hidalgo County — unincorporated Texas-Mexico border communities divided into low-cost plots and populated largely by immigrant families.

Of late, the mix of literature that promotoras carry has included applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known here as “estampillas,” Spanish for food stamps. The push, fueled by state and federal grants, mirrors a nationwide initiative to enroll as many eligible Americans as possible in an effort to leverage their buying power.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; foodstamps; immigration; tx
Like everyone else at home that day on Zeke Avenue, when the promotoras visited, the Garcias, who are undocumented, are on Lone Star, the debit card for SNAP. They have five U.S.-born children and receive $739 in benefits each month
1 posted on 08/22/2012 10:24:01 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09
enroll as many eligible Americans as possible in an effort to leverage their buying power

How does that actually work? are they getting a box of food, shop at special gub'mint stores?

2 posted on 08/22/2012 10:28:59 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: moonshinner_09

Funny,there are no USDA agents prowling my middle-class neighborhood looking to hand out SNAP applications and other free stuff.

On the other hand, I know 3 small business owners being audited by the IRS.

Pretty much sums up how the US Govt views its citizens


3 posted on 08/22/2012 10:41:53 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: moonshinner_09

What the hell, might as well bring ‘em a voter registration card while you’re at it!

(what am I saying??!? they prolly already DO.)


4 posted on 08/22/2012 10:42:44 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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How does that actually work? are they getting a box of food, shop at special gub'mint stores?

Naw. They get what amounts to debit cards to use at whatever stores they want (with few exceptions). Some even have to ability to withdraw cash from ATMs. Their account is credited with whatever money monthly.
5 posted on 08/22/2012 10:57:35 AM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Hildago County = illegals


6 posted on 08/22/2012 11:12:32 AM PDT by bgill
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yeah, thought so. “boosting the buying power” , sure it does. There’s boosting alright, the theft kind of boosting


7 posted on 08/22/2012 11:46:40 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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So they don’t have to go all the way into the US, they can just straddle the border where they can easily move back and forth between the two countries. Makes it convenient to visit their families in Mexico then duck across the border back to the USA, no long hikes across the desert. For that matter, these colonias may just be welcoming stations for illegals, once they arrive at the colonia no one dares to “racially profile” them as Governor Good Hair and the Texas Hidalgos wouldn’t like that.


8 posted on 08/23/2012 12:44:07 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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So if they have children free of charge at the local hospital, that child will be elligible to vote in 18 years. Mas welfare, por favor.


9 posted on 08/23/2012 12:47:11 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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