Food World News reports, April 25, 2013, that the Obama regime’s Department of Agriculture (USDA) Jan. 2013 statistics show that one out of every five households in America — a record 23.087 million U.S. households or 47.69 million individuals — are now on Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps.
That 23.087 million is an increase of 889,154 families from just a year ago in January 2012. In fact, the number of households on food stamps has doubled in size in the last four years under the POS.
But wait! The only thing growing faster than the number of households on food stamps is the cost of food stamp fraud, which has more than doubled in just three years.
Although seven major journalism groups and open-government organizations have banded together in calling on the USDA to release data on where and how the food stamps money is being spent, USDA officials have declined to provide data on which retailers are benefiting and what types of products, such as junk food and sugary soda, the money is spent on.
The POS is intent on getting even more people on food stamps.
From Judicial Watch comes the delightful [sarcasm alert] news that the USDA is working with the Mexican government to promote participation by illegal aliens in the U.S. food stamp program. Judicial Watch obtained that information only by pulling teeth via filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The USDA has provided the Mexican Embassy a Spanish-language flyer advising Mexican nationals in the U.S. that they do not need to declare their immigration status in order to receive financial assistance. In bold and underlined Spanish, the statement reads, “You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.”
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.”
That email from Wood was 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.
In 2006, Judicial Watch revealed that the USDA was spending taxpayer money to run Spanish-language television ads encouraging illegal immigrants to apply for food stamps, with the assurance that receiving food stamps “won’t affect your immigration status.” The TV commercials even provided a phone number to apply.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton observes that the USDA actively working with the Mexican government to promote food stamps for illegal aliens “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.”
H/t FOTM’s Glenn47 for the “Obama loves the poor” image.