Skip to comments.Judicial Watch Uncovers USDA Records Sponsoring U.S. Food Stamp Program for Illegal Aliens
Posted on 04/30/2013 8:40:04 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Documents Reveal that Mexican Government Encourages Maximum Participation in U.S.-Funded Program
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch today released documents detailing how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with the Mexican government to promote participation by illegal aliens in the U.S. food stamp program.
The promotion of the food stamp program, now known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA with a statement advising Mexicans in the U.S. that they do not need to declare their immigration status in order to receive financial assistance. Emphasized in bold and underlined, the statement reads, You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.
The documents came in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made to USDA on July 20, 2012. The FOIA request sought: Any and all records of communication relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals, and migrant communities, including but not limited to, communications with the Mexican government.
The documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that USDA officials are working closely with their counterparts at the Mexican Embassy to widely broaden the SNAP program in the Mexican immigrant community, with no effort to restrict aid to, identify, or apprehend illegal immigrants who may be on the food stamp rolls. In an email to Borjon Lopez-Coterilla and Jose Vincente of the Mexican Embassy, dated January 26, 2012, Yibo Wood of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) sympathized with the plight of illegal aliens applying for food stamps, saying, FNS understands that mixed status households may be particularly vulnerable. Many of these households contain a non-citizen parent and a citizen child.
The email from Wood to Lopez-Coterilla and Vincente came in response to a request from the Mexican Embassy that the USDA FNS step in to prevent the state of Kansas from changing its food stamp policy to restrict the amount of financial assistance provided to illegal aliens. In a January 22, 2012, article, the Kansas City Star had revealed that the state would no longer include illegal aliens in its calculations of the amount of assistance to be provided low-income Hispanic families in order to prevent discrimination against legal recipients.
The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch in August 2012, include the following:
March 30, 2012 The USDA seeks approval of the Mexican Embassy in drafting a letter addressed to consulates throughout the United States designed to encourage Mexican embassy staffers to enroll in a webinar learn how to promote increased enrollment among the needy families that the consulates serve.
August 1, 2011 The USDA FNS initiates contact with the Mexican Embassy in New York to implement programs already underway in DC and Philadelphia for maximizing participation among Mexican citizens. The Mexican Embassy responds that the Consul General is eager to strengthen his ties to the USDA, with specific interest in promoting the food stamp program.
February 25, 2011 The USDA and the Mexican Consulate exchange ideas about getting the First Ladies of Mexico and United States to visit a school for purposes of creating a photo opportunity that would promote free school lunches for low-income students in a predominantly Hispanic school. Though a notation in the margin of the email claims that the photo op never took place, UPI reported that it actually did.
March 3, 2010 A flyer advertises a webinar to teach Hispanic-focused nonprofits how to get reimbursed by the USDA for serving free lunch over the summer. The course, funded by American taxpayers, is advertised as being free for all participants.
February 9 , 2010 USDA informs the Mexican Embassy that, based on an agreement reached between the State Department and the Immigration & Naturalization Service (now ICE), the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) food voucher program does not violate immigration laws prohibiting immigrants from becoming a public charge.
As far back as 2006, in its Corruption Chronicles blog, Judicial Watch revealed that the USDA was spending taxpayer money to run Spanish-language television ads encouraging illegal immigrants to apply for government-financed food stamps. The Mexican Consul in Santa Ana, CA, at the time even starred in some of the U.S. Government-financed television commercials, which explained the program and provided a phone number to apply. In the widely viewed commercial the Consul assured that receiving food stamps wont affect your immigration status.
In 2012, Judicial Watch reported that in a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions questioned the Obama administrations partnership with Mexican consulates to encourage foreign nationals, migrant workers and non-citizen immigrants to apply for food stamps and other USDA administered welfare benefits. Sessions wrote, It defies rational thinking, for the United States now dangerously $16 trillion in debt to partner with foreign governments to help us place more foreign nationals on American welfare and it is contrary to good immigration policy in the United States.
The revelation that the USDA is actively working with the Mexican government to promote food stamps for illegal aliens should have a direct impact on the fate of the immigration bill now being debated in Congress, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. These disclosures further confirm the fact that the Obama administration cannot be trusted to protect our borders or enforce our immigration laws. And the coordination with a foreign government to attack the policies of an American state is contemptible.
Illegal Alien Amnesty is Anti-American Bigotry
This is what every Amnesty Liberal GOP who supports Rubio-Obama Amnesty wants to continue
judas priest, that is traitorous
Well, then Mexico owes us a lot of money. We should form a taxpayer's association and start billing them.
I think most suburban people have no idea how rampant this fraud is. I was in Publix in Orlando yesterday and every line was jammed up with wetbacks using paper WIC coupons for their anchor babies.
How about the $100 grand the Tsarnaev family owes us?
If Judicial Watch received these docs in 2012, three months before the election, why would they only release them now?
Rubio amnesty plan keeps this in place.
This exposes another lie by Rubio, that those getting amnesty are put on the 'back of the line'. Yet those applying legally from outside the country cant get food stamps for their kids.
Rand Paul said he never met an immigrant coming here for a government handout.
The USDA brochure encourages fraud, You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.
The stupid Rubio plan keeps this in place---exposing another lie by Rubio, that those getting amnesty are at the 'back of the line,' and that those applying from outside the country can't get food stamps.
STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES Rand Paul stupidly said he "never" met an immigrant coming here for a government handout.
(waiting for hysterical laughter to die down)
This BS with outside entities and legal groups drafting laws, handing them to Representatives and Senators to bring up on the floor without knowing whats in them is complete tyranny. We did not elect these shadow law groups, we elected our Representatives and Senators. This is complete and total failure of the American system of Republicanism.
COMMENTS Clearly vote-crazed pols are prostrate in obeisance, taking orders from foreign agents cunningly attempting to undermine US ntl security on the pretext of "immigration reform." These foreign control agents present a clear and present danger to Americans....and must be stopped.
Immigration reform is the gateway to terrorism. "Ethnic solidarity" is rearing its ugly head (think Boston bombers w/ a latino accent). US politicans are clearly colluding and conspiring with foreign agents to undermine US ntl security and placing Americans in danger.
Manyn wonder why the Tamerlan brothers---here 10 years---waited til now to launch terror. They finally got the word.
"It's open season to conduct dirty deeds....and US politicans are helping us. So, all you "undocumented" terrorists, come on down---invade the US, and bring bombs "
btw, I was happy to hear Rubio said on a talk show that the immigration bill won’t pass in the House, and that people don’t trust the govt..
No we do NOT!
Rubio has pretty much thrown in the towel, admitting that his bill, as presently constituted has ZERO chance of passing the House..
Rubio, Rand Paul, and 10 year plan Ryan.....who needs enemies?
Took him awhile to figure out what we already knew from Day One-—cackle.