Food Stamp Program Signed Up “Vanloads” of Illegal Aliens to Make Money

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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And by make more money, we mean steal more taxpayer money. Let’s start with the tragic plight of a food stamp recruiter in Florida who has only one job. To get people on food stamps to meet her quota.

A good recruiter needs to be liked, so Dillie Nerios filled gift bags with dog toys for the dog people and cat food for the cat people. She packed crates of cookies, croissants, vegetables and fresh fruit. She curled her hair and painted her nails fluorescent pink. “A happy, it’s-all-good look,” she said, checking her reflection in the rearview mirror. Then she drove along the Florida coast to sign people up for food stamps.

In fact, it is Nerios’s job to enroll at least 150 seniors for food stamps each month, a quota she usually exceeds. Alleviate hunger, lessen poverty: These are the primary goals of her work. But the job also has a second and more controversial purpose for cash-strapped Florida, where increasing food-stamp enrollment has become a means of economic growth, bringing almost $6 billion each year into the state. The money helps to sustain communities, grocery stores and food producers. It also adds to rising federal entitlement spending and the U.S. debt.

Shockingly quotas for food stamps means fraud… and it means signing up illegal alien dreamers as food stamp users. Vanloads of them.

For decades the U.S. government has knowingly given illegal immigrants food stamps, according to a former certification case worker who denounced the costly practice back in the 1980s but was essentially ordered to keep a lid on it.

The retired assistant case manager, Craig McNees, was in charge of vetting food-stamp applicants in north Florida and Indiana in the ’80s and says the program was infested with fraud and corruption that was perpetually ignored by management. “Illegals would come in by the vanload and we were told to give them their stuff,” McNees said. “Management knew very well they were illegal. It was so rampant that some employees would tell their illegal relatives to come get food stamps.”

The retired case worker who contacted JW says in the three years he worked in a Sarasota food-stamp office, he found more than 500 cases of fraud but management ignored them all instead pushing a yearly quota. “They just said that if we don’t give out as many as last year, we don’t get our money,” McNees said. “It was crazy, like a three-ring circus; like the inmates were running the asylum.”

There are families that do genuinely need food stamps, but this isn’t about helping people, it’s about creating and promoting poverty to move more money from one massive government bureaucracy to another, getting as many voters as possible used to not working and then warning them that if your good friend Congressman Y or Representative X loses, they’ll be kicked off public assistance.

It’s about cash in pocket for contractors with connections and a political machine built on creating poverty where there doesn’t have to be any because it’s easy to control people who don’t bring home a paycheck than people who do.

  • Michael Copeland

    In the UK the important item to have is the "National Insurance" number, which is needed to access welfare. According to LibertyGB's Paul Weston the total of such NI numbers issued exceeds those eligible by 29 MILLION. That is the extent of Little Old Britain's welfare exploitation problem.

    • STM

      To M. Copeland: The UK has a population of 63 million. How can there be 29 million ineligible signed up with NI??

      • Michael Copeland

        To STM. The answer is not known to me. National Insurance numbers are "issued" from an office: they are not "signed up" for. Numbers are issued to EU citizen workers in Britain, such as Poles, who are not long term residents, and so on. The underlying answer to the question must be fraud.

        Mass Immigration, Fraud and Bankrupt Countries … Category: News: Published on Monday, 08 April 2013 20:00: Written by Paul Weston, Liberty GB: http://www.libertygb.org.uk/…‎

  • Michael Copeland

    The bigger the bureaucracy the more the vested interests and more the ways and means of exploitation, and harder it is to reduce frauds and waste.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Every time an illegal or the parent of an anchor baby insults any citizen it's a slap in the face of Rubio who ignores that and tries to impose this immigration reform.

  • RebeccaJean

    I've worked for a large hospital corporation for years and I was a registrar for a time. And I was shocked the first time I registered a hispanic man and ran his Medicaid card. He was eligible and it had the word Illegal across the printout as well. Still amazed that you can be illegally here and the state knows you are illegally here and they give you benefits courtesy of the taxpayer. Me, I would have thought a deportation would have be in order, but what do I know.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Big gov't is designed for corruption, and its effects are more devastating when a criminal regime is at the helm. And it goes without saying that a dependent class is a controlled citizenry, and this is the crux.
    In effect, the best way to destroy a society is to give hand outs, at the same time that the "do gooders' engorge themselves. What a leftist scheme and dream – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma

    To be sure, the same fraudulent machinations are rife in Israeli leftist "human activist" circles. It leaves you breathless.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • taxedmore

    Food Stamps – the new unearned money. The only way to get some is to not earn it. And the stupid taxpayers keep voting in the same giveaway artists and keep paying for every giveaway program they can dream up.

  • onecornpone

    Word of all the freebie entitlements spread like wildfire through communities. Even blue-eyed Germans, here illegally from Canada and Mexico.

    I'll never forget when all the nearby Mennonite women got their eye-glasses. One gal seemed to really need them, but after the rest found out the price was 'right' (free) they all had a pair, although few of them wore their specs after the 'new' wore off.

  • Herb Benty

    AMERICA!!! The Left( commies), Along with their muslim buddies are doing everything they can to drive the U.S.A. into the ground financially.