Thursday, July 19, 2012

USDA partnering with Mexico to boost food stamp participation


DAILY CALLER
Caroline May
July 19,2012
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.
“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.

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, explained that the little-known partnership raises questions not just about where tax money is going, but about America’s immigration policy.
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. 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.

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