Oh SNAP – Illegals are Cancelling Benefits

from HotAir:

Our latest chapter in the ongoing saga of how President Trump’s immigration policies are destroying the world is once again brought to us by the Washington Post. This time it has to do with “immigrant families” who are asking to have their food stamp benefits (SNAP) canceled to avoid scrutiny by immigration enforcement officials. This somewhat dubiously sourced story deals with a relative handful of people which the media would clearly love to paint as some sort of growing trend. But it also curiously encompasses two different categories of immigrants.

Our tale opens with an account from Luisa Fortin, a SNAP outreach coordinator in Georgia. read more

Profiting From Food Stamps

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

When one thinks of the poor in America, one might think of the welfare system, or government (section 8) housing, or maybe the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You know, food stamps.

 

Actually, it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen anyone at the grocery store pull out a paper “food stamp”. Now it’s the EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. You’ve seen it, even if you haven’t realized. The EBT card mimics a standard credit card.

 

So that’s what may come to mind when reflecting on America’s less fortunate. It certainly wouldn’t be J.P. Morgan, Xerox or eFunds Corporation.

 

Now why in the world would anyone think of these three large corporations in relation to the poor?

 

Well, you see, the federal government pays for the food stamp program, but it does not administer it.

 

Have you ever heard the term public/private partnership? Well, this is a classic example of its real-world application. It also sounds better than what it is; crony capitalism.

 

These three corporations hold the EBT contracts for the various states. J.P. Morgan has 24 state contracts alone. In other words, the government pays J.P. Morgan as the administrator of SNAP funds in almost half the states.

 

Have you heard that dopey saying, mostly uttered by socialists and other leftists: “they’re getting rich on the backs of the poor”?

 

Logically, that’s an impossibility except in this case, where corporate executives and investors are doing just that. It’s an ingenious scam and here’s how it works.

 

J.P. Morgan wins state EBT contracts. It in turn lobbies Congress and the White House. It pays particular attention to those of the Department of Agriculture and members of Congress that oversee the department’s budget.

 

Maybe Morgan might donate money to a politician’s election or reelection campaign, similar to the almost $1 million in donated in 2008 to the Obama presidential campaign. It’s just coincidental that shortly after taking office in 2009 Obama signed the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”. Buried in the Bill was a 13% increase in EBT benefits and also broadened acceptance into the program. In other words, allowing many more to enroll in SNAP.

 

My guess, you like me have heard the ads promoting food stamp enrollment. As more and more unfortunate Americans are forced into the EBT program, J.P. Morgan’s profit increases and investors reap the benefits. Investors such as Obama, which has invested upwards of $1 million.

 

They are the number 3 campaign contributor to Senate Agriculture chair Debbie Stabenow.  Sen. Jay Rockefeller has invested over $50 million in J.P. Morgan.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for investment profits. Just not rigged profits. And that’s what they are. Companies like J.P. Morgan reap huge profits and increased stock value by manipulating political hacks. At the same time these political hacks reap profits by investing in the same companies they promote. That’s crony capitalism.

 

And with more and more people enrolling and the addition of the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program into the EBT system, the circle of profits and corruption will continue unabated.

Food Stamps for Everyone

by:  at The Daily Caller

The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

USDA has an agreement with Mexico to promote American food assistance programs, including food stamps, among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.

“USDA and the government of Mexico have entered into a partnership to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance,” the USDA explains in a brief paragraph on their “Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition Assistance” web page. “Mexico will help disseminate this information through its embassy and network of approximately 50 consular offices.”

The partnership — which was signed by former USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista in 2004 — sees to it that the Mexican Embassy and Mexican consulates in America provide USDA nutrition assistance program information to Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals working in America and migrant communities in America. The information is specifically focused on eligibility criteria and access.

The goal, for USDA, is to get rid of what they see as enrollment obstacles and increase access among potentially eligible populations by working with arms of the Mexican government in America. Benefits are not guaranteed or provided under the program — the purpose is outreach and education.

Some of the materials the USDA encourages the Mexican government to use to educate and promote the benefit programs are available free online for order and download. A partial list of materials include English and Spanish brochures titled “Five Easy Steps To Snap Benefits,” “How To Get Food Help — A Consumer’s Guide to FNCS Programs,” “Ending Hunger Improving Nutrition Combating Obesity,” and posters with slogans like “Food Stamps Make America Stronger.”

When asked for details and to elaborate on the program, USDA stressed it was established in 2004 and not meant for illegal immigrants.

“The partnership with the Mexican embassy was established in 2004,” a USDA spokesman wrote The Daily Caller in an email. “USDA does not perform outreach to immigrants that are undocumented, and therefore not eligible for SNAP.” (RELATED: USDA buckles, removes Spanish food stamp soap operas from website)

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been pushing for reform of SNAP, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Wednesday demanding more answers and documents pertaining to the partnership.

The agency has yet to supply documents and information requested by Sessions’ Senate Budget Committee staff, including the Memorandums of Understanding between USDA and the Mexican government regarding the food assistance partnership.

In an interview with TheDC, Sessions explained that the little-known partnership raises questions not just about where tax money is going, but about America’s immigration policy.

“It’s a very disturbing policy, gone on for some years, and it raises very serious questions about American immigration policy as well as fiscal policy,” Session said. “Let’s get back to the fundamentals. What happened with the ‘96 welfare reform was to say that if want to you come to America you come legally, you assert you’re not coming for welfare benefits but you’re coming to work or otherwise be independent. There is no logic behind an immigration policy that would encourage immigrants who can’t successfully operate within this society.”

According to Sessions, immigrants who come to America should be able to operate successfully without the aid of government.

“An immigration policy should seek to bring people to the United States who will be able to function independently without government subsidies,” he explained. “We’ve got millions of people that want to come here, millions of people who would be able to perform without a subsidy, so we need to be selecting those people.”

Sessions isn’t simply concerned that the USDA has eschewed transparency with their Mexican partnership or that legal immigrants are encouraged to get on the government’s handout rolls — he is also worried about the lack of protections against undocumented immigrants receiving benefits for which they are not qualified.

As the senator detailed in his letter to Vilsack, and the USDA’s 2011 Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility for SNAP explains, although undocumented immigrants are usually not eligible to enroll in SNAP, illegals may enroll their eligible children.

It is up to the states to determine if applicants or households are qualified aliens. In some circumstances, SNAP benefits can be conferred upon people who merely state, upon penalty of perjury, that they are in the country legally.

“Applicants need only attest that they are citizens of the United States, and the state must accept that attestation as conclusive,” Sessions explained in his letter. “Some states currently voluntarily participate in the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program, which allows administrators to run a simple check to determine if non-citizen applicants are eligible for benefits. States that do not use SAVE to verify alien status may simply accept the applicant’s attestation of legal status as a substitute for verification, or, alternately, may accept submitted documents without checking their veracity.”

Sessions offered an amendment to the Senate version of the 2012 farm bill last month which would have required the government to use SAVE — a program similar to E-Verify — to ensure SNAP recipients are in the country legally. The amendment was not brought to the floor for a vote.

According to Sessions’ office, the Congressional Budget Office was unable to estimate how much money the SAVE amendment would have saved because the federal government does not know how many ineligible illegal immigrants have accessed SNAP.

Mexico is the only country with which USDA has a nutrition assistance outreach partnership agreement.