Is there any one here that can remember the abuses of the government hand-outs given out just about at-large for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina? What we are addressing is the two profound situations that one agency within the executive branch initiated – those were the prepaid Visa cards in the amount varying between $2,000 and $3,000 dollars per family or if one could not produce a family member…then they got it for nothing and then the same person would walk back to the end of the line? Billions folks.
The other example was FEMAs over the top brilliant idea of finding suitable living arrangements for those who had lost their homes. Thousands upon thousands of trailers were automatically bought the problem was getting them delivered into the Canal district area where most of the damage happened.
Just about a year ago I was doing a “Forrest Gump” trek across America; as soon as I hit the border between Arkansas and Mississippi amassed in the rubble of trees and other hurricane removal there they were – literally thousands of trailer or mobile homes that still had the plastic tarp around them!
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.”
Now…outside of regular television advertising with a bit of GOL!!! on Univision and a little radio advertising, what else does the U.S. government need to get this program out and to the most who need it? Absolutely nothing and I’ll say it again, absolutely nothing.
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.
Believe us – there is nothing honorable or worthy about this program. Sure it is a lovely thing to do – sharing with our neighbors – however we’ve of the opinion that it is a nation’s responsibility to educate and perform outreach duties; however not with those who are prone to abuse this program.
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 includes: 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.”
What other kinds of propaganda rhetoric does the U.S. government have for us? Because that is precisely what you’re reading here. Propaganda.
When asked for details and to elaborate on the program, USDA stressed it was established in 2004 and not meant for illegal immigrants. They do seem rather defensive don’t they?
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.
“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 you want 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.”