Obama Free to Go on Advertising Food Stamps in Mexico

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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Magnet? What illegal immigration magnet? That’s immigration reform magnet, now.

The omnibus spending bill before Congress continues to fund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advertising programs for food stamps in foreign countries like Mexico, Breitbart News has learned.

The bill was hashed out between House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). The funding will continue despite claims in a document the House Appropriations Committee published that the bill contains a “prohibition” on such programs. Page three of this press document states regarding food stamps that the omnibus spending bill contains a “prohibition on advertisements or outreach with foreign governments.”

The entire paragraph that contains that statement reads:   Requirements for the Secretary of Agriculture to help weed out and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the SNAP program – including a directive to ban fraudulent vendors, and a prohibition on advertisements or outreach with foreign governments.

However, upon reading through the text of the bill and the bill summary explanatory document, there is no such “prohibition” included in it. Instead, the explanatory document that Rogers published just states that USDA is “strongly discouraged” from advertising food stamps programs with foreign governments.

The more things claim to have been changed, the more they stay exactly the same. A Republican deal with a Democrat invariably ends with the Democrat getting everything he wants on policy issues and the Republican getting bragging rights based on meaningless language.

Similarly, during the Senate Budget Committee markup of the Democratic budget that Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) offered last year, Sessions offered an amendment that would have ended the USDA’s partnership with Mexico on food stamp advertising in that country. Senate Democrats unanimously voted against that Sessions amendment.

And let’s not forget that

Department of Agriculture personnel in the Obama administration have met with Mexican Government officials dozens of times since the president took office to promote nutrition assistance programs — notably food stamps — among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.

“Nearly 1 in 6 people living in the US are now on food stamps,” Sessions noted. “How can the administration justify trying to increase that number through outreach on the foreign soil of fifty consulates?”

Somebody’s got to move here and vote for him six times.

  • Old Khem

    You can bet they are not allowing the use of “Food Stamps” carte’ blanc in Mexico. That’s seems to be what this meme, and Breitbart would like to convey. The Children of Illegals that have been born in the U.S. are eligible for the program, not folks across the board. The meme, once again is also “miss leading” (intentionally), to give the appearance that EBT (Food Stamps) could be used for the items listed. So much Skewing. And Never questioned.

    • MarilynA

      When the parents of the children born in the US return to Mexico they should no longer be eligible for US welfare payments nor food stamps. It’s bad enough that the illegals in this country and the new “citizens” who have been granted amnesty after coming here illegally are sending most of their wages back to Mexico while living off the US dole. The US is no longer a rich country. We have sold our souls to the Chinese and Middle Eastern sheiks to keep up this charade that we can afford to give all things to all people. Enough is enough. We are going to have to start somewhere or we are all going to be bankrupt.

      • VD65

        You can get Social Security Retirement and live in some foreign countries. That doesn’t come from income tax dollars. The ones we have agreements with but welfare, that is a state issue and you cannot collect welfare if you are not living in the United States of America. Reagan is the only one who ever gave sweeping amnesty.

    • CowboyUp

      What’s the justification for advertising food stamps in Mexico?

      • A Z

        Power for a clique of people.

    • ZZ

      Old Khum,

      Spare us the Obamaburo talking points. Every wetback with an ID is on public assistence — often under multiple aliases with multiple claims per household. And stores in Mexico that accept American food stamps illegally will absolutely sell anything for them.

      • VD65

        We don’t have food stamps anymore and haven’t in a long time. Everything is done electronically. I don’t know about other states but CA is strict and stricter on SNAP than many places. Illegals do NOT qualify for SNAP at all. Some who are not illegally here but here to get asylum who are from many countries I believe can get it temporarily until something is decided. Many seniors on fairly low income can’t qualify or get very little. There is a big disparity. People assume too much that illegals are getting SNAP and other assistance. Most Hispanic/Latino families are large with many children and just because they are working doesn’t mean they have a lot of money. Housing costs where I live are outrageous. Food prices and the cost of gasoline are crazy and we have lousy transit. People keep spewing these things about people getting into these programs that I know very well are not true. It’s difficult to qualify. My brother has and then been disqualified for dumb reasons. He is disabled. The EBT card as far as I know will not work in Mexico or any other foreign country.

    • jade_stone

      http://cis.org/immigrant-welfare-use-2011 Its not just the Children of Illegals that have been born in the U.S.

      • VD65

        No I looked at what they said but the majority of what they are talking about deals with families who have anchor children or are immigrants legally here.

        “Illegal immigrant households with children primarily use food assistance
        and Medicaid, making almost no use of cash or housing assistance. In
        contrast, legal immigrant households tend to have relatively high use
        rates for every type of program. ”

        That’s because that’s mostly all the illegals can qualify for because of their babies born here. You understand this isn’t decided by the federal government. They have rules for SNAP for instance, but the states decide who gets it and they have to pay to manage the program in their state. The federal government only manages it from the funding end of things.

        • Ron Koci

          If that were really true, the federal courts couldn’t have thrown out prop 187 in California which stated that program money couldn’t go to illegal immigrants. Obviously the feds have more control over that money than you’re letting on.

    • Zee L Usay

      Yeah, because every store owner is ethical and it’s written in the law that they can’t buy but certain items. We know that when it’s in a law it works just the way it should. Just like all the school shootings that haven’t happened between those “gun free zones”. Plus in Mexico the laws are observed even more strictly, especially US laws.
      Your looking at at such an extremely left angle you missed the point. They are using them in MEXICO. That should not be. “You can bet” You’re an idiot.

      • VD65

        They pay with EBT cards. The cards read what you purchase and that goes on the ticket. You have to buy anything else. Certain items are not allowed and that is that. When there were actual food stamps they could fudge a bit but that was a long time ago. Quit living in the past. We no longer have the food stamp program. What we have now is SNAP.

        • gbrowerjr

          Even stores here in america commit and help people commit welfare fraud. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Usually the indian owned stores. They will ring up several fountain pops or whatever doesn’t mess with inventory to a price greater than say a pack of cigarettes or a 6 pack of beer. Charge SNAP for the fountain pops and give the “customer” one of the ineligible products plus make a little extra. The system is meant to be played. The dems don’t care as long as they get the votes from the crooks. Its pathetic buying elections every year.

  • susansmithNAG

    Hopefully, seeing this administration’s policies both foreign and domestic fail miserably will teach the people to never again elect a man based solely on his skin color or one whose background is “community organizer.”….and the world laughs as the United States unravels.

    I also so hope to deter this tidal wave of illegal aliens crashing through our borders to NOT come to Nebraska! We have laws for child abandonment, abuse, neglect, transporting minors across lines. Two Nebraska Groups ask Governor Heineman and Attorney General Bruning to seek criminal charges against parents and entities involved in this heinous crime against children.

  • VD65

    It sounds to me that they are advertising for these countries to start a similar program for the poor. Illegals don’t qualify for the SNAP program in the United States. Anchor baby children do because they are considered citizens because of our Constitution. It isn’t called food stamps anymore and I don’t understand why people continue to use that term when it is called SNAP and has been for years. They don’t give out stamps anymore but Electronic Cards. In CA those on SSI don’t qualify for SNAP. They don’t pay for much really especially since they cut it back. A senior who has a low set income might get 25 to maybe on the high end 50 dollars a month. I’m asking you who can live on that, like the man who posted elsewhere and gets $99 a month? It is the states that manage the program and pay to do so. The Feds only fund it. The states decide who qualifies and does not. They can make the qualifications somewhat stiffer. Other states do allow those getting SSI to qualify for SNAP but not CA. There is a food allowance built into it that supposedly CA matches. The SNAP program goes to our territories as well. I know they give Puerto Rico I think it’s 2 million from our program to disperse as they like. We need to consolidate our funds for this so we can raise it up for those who are in need. Only citizens, naturalized or born should get this program in my opinion. Charities perhaps or consulates should address foreigners.