USDA to Immigrants: Food Stamps Won’t Affect Citizenship Chances

Caroline May, Fox News, February 18, 2013

The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants’ concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens.

The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its “partnership” with the Mexican government “to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance.”

In one portion of the brochure, USDA’s text asks, “If I get on SNAP benefits, will I be a ‘public charge?’” The brochure then answers: “No. You and your family can apply for and receive SNAP benefits without hurting your chance of becoming U.S. citizens.”

The brochure further advises immigrants that members of their family could qualify for food stamps, even if they do not.

“If you are not eligible due to your immigration status, your legal immigrant or citizen children may still qualify,” the brochure reads. “You do not have to provide immigration information about yourself when you apply for your legal immigrant or citizen children.”

Legal immigrants may obtain SNAP benefits after a five-year wait. Children under 18, refugees, asylees, and some disabled and elderly do not have to wait, as the pamphlet notes.

{snip} The packet contained materials the agency gives Mexican consulates to distribute to Mexican-Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.

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An analysis of March 2011 Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey data by Steven Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, revealed that heads of households born in Mexico are the most likely nationality to be on some form of food assistance, with 45.3 percent reporting use of food assistance.

By comparison, 13.9 percent of native-born Americans reported using food assistance, and in general 24.1 percent of all immigrant household heads report some food assistance use.

As the brochure notes, food stamp use (or potential food stamp use) is not taken into account when the government considers an applicant’s request for an immigration status adjustment or entry into the United States—nor is use of the majority of the government’s more than 80 federal means-tested assistance programs.

Potential use or receipt of only two federal programs could render an applicant inadmissible on public-charge grounds: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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  • Jss

    Not just food stamps but drunk driving with out a license, child molestation, drug possession, domestic violence, I suspect none of that will stand in the way of citizenship for any members of the GOP and democrates chosen race.

  • The__Bobster

    In one portion of the brochure, USDA’s text asks, “If I get on SNAP
    benefits, will I be a ‘public charge?’” The brochure then answers: “No.
    You and your family can apply for and receive SNAP benefits without
    hurting your chance of becoming U.S. citizens.”
    ______________

    So what IS the definition of a public charge then? I guess the definition has changed.

    I’m still trying to figure out what happened to the requirement that immigrants have sponsors who are responsible for them.

    • HadEnough

      Beat me to it. Only in Obamaland can the answer to the question, “If I get on SNAP benefits, will I be a ‘public charge?'”, possibly be “No.” Where are the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat when you need them?

  • JackKrak

    So what exactly DOES affect an immigrant’s “citizenship chances’?

    • mobilebay

      Nada!

    • T_Losan

      going through proper legal procedure.

  • The__Bobster

    Legal immigrants may obtain SNAP benefits after a five-year wait.
    Children under 18, refugees, asylees, and some disabled and elderly do
    not have to wait, as the pamphlet notes.
    __________

    Damn, it IS better to sneak into the country illegally.

  • The__Bobster

    By comparison, 13.9 percent of native-born Americans reported using food
    assistance, and in general 24.1 percent of all immigrant household
    heads report some food assistance use.
    __________

    Didn’t Obongo just say that immigrants strengthen our economy?

    • Felix_M

      Obongo is a sock puppet. Ever wonder why the media never shows him talking full on? You’d see who the puppet’s puppeteer was if they did.

  • Enar_Larsson

    Now it’s beginning to make sense to me why only 36% or so of Mexicans living in the U.S. who aren’t already citizens but who are eligible to apply have applied: the government works harder for non-citizens than for citizens. If I can benefit from up to 80 welfare programs, qualify for in-state tuition, obtain a driver’s license, file discrimination claims whenever I’m pulled over or arrested, and possibly even vote in elections, why bother becoming a citizen?

  • NeanderthalDNA

    It’s like an invitation to the land of freebies and give-aways… Some kind of heaven to the north beckoning…

    Funny. They all seem to want to come here, but don’t understand that after they’ve all come here…

    “Here” will then be “there” and we’ll all be “there”.

    Hate the genocide.

  • sbuffalonative

    Don’t the liberal ‘progressives’ assure us minorities aren’t getting welfare handouts?

    LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES!

    I once went to the New York state social service webpage and filled out the form just to see what would happen. A page come up asking, “Are you a legal resident?” I typed “NO” and it let me proceed to the next page.

    Now, I didn’t submit the form (I was only testing the system) so I don’t know if it would have been rejected but I suspect it would have approved my application or at least directed me to other means around the system.

  • bigone4u

    The only assistance I would give illegal aliens is a one-way bus ticket back to Mexico. That would apply to illegals from Jamaica and all other points of origin. Let Mexico deal with all of them, even if they aren’t from Mexico. Let’s see how humane the Mexicans are with a busload of illegals from NIGERIA!

    • SintiriNikos

      Agreed. Send them all there. What will Mexico do, declare war? they already have done so with their endless invasion of US soil. Military war? Bring it on.

  • a multiracial individual

    Where do liberals think that money comes from? Do they think it is conjured out of thin air over at the print center?

    • So CAL Snowman

      Well, isn’t it?

      • a multiracial individual

        Haha…..I suppose in a hyper literal sense, yes it is.

    • Felix_M

      The mailman brings it? Just like da welfare check?

      *sarcasm off*

  • dd121

    Here we have it: a welfare state with open borders. Want to take any bets when the whole rotten mess will collapse?

    • Jefferson

      Hussein Obama and other future DNC presidents will just print more money.

  • concernedcollegekid

    “The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants’ concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens.”

    Interesting how this article went up just a few days after we got to see videos of those lovely “cultural sensitivity training workshops” USDA employees had to go though. Of course, those “cultural sensitivity training workshops” were designed to teach USDA employees merely HOW to think about immigration, not WHAT to think. Lively debate and critical thinking were fostered in the workshops in the form of the speaker requiring indoctrinees (I mean employees) to repeat what he said back to him verbatim and bang on their desks to indicate agreement with him. (He did not tell them what to do if they disagreed with him because disagreement was not an option.) Anyway, it’s great to live in a free country in which government officials and employees think critically and make decisions after discussion and debate, rather than being forced to agree with a dictatorial figure who talks down to them like they are five-year-olds and makes them “repeat after him”.

    Yup – the mark of a free country is definitely that the country’s government workers are trained in “how to think” by being made to repeat after someone without questioning what he’s saying. Yup… just keep telling yourselves that, Americans… because if you don’t tell yourselves that than a Cultural Sensitivity Trainer will tell it to you, and you will repeat it back to him and bang on your desk too to stress your agreement and compliance. You have no other choice.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Stories like these seriously make me question the nature of our reality. Is this life even real? I mean we are working every damn day to pay for the lives of Mexican Nationals! This is all supported and enabled by the United States Government that has been hijacked more times Al Qaeda Airlines. So again I ask is this even real? I’m sure some of you are aware of the studies on virtual simulations and how it’s entirely possible that our current “universe” is just one incredible virtual simulation. I realize that I am grasping at straws here, but how could we have fallen so far so fast? Our entire race is being “reprogrammed” by TV, video games, movies, and all sorts of digital and electronic devices. At what point do you step back and ponder the bigger picture?

    http://truthfrequencyradio.com/are-we-all-living-inside-a-virtual-simulation/

    • saxonsun

      Alice down the rabbit hole never to come back. That’s America.

  • http://twitter.com/seedymedia r j p

    Somebody needs to make a movie titled “Permanent American Vacation”.

    It starts south of the border with the family loading up their mexicali truckser. We will see the father driving drunk on the way to America as if he was cruising in Kramer’s widened lines on Seinfeld. The we see a sex scene where dad gets some for the 12 year old daughter.

    Then they arrive in a city in America where they gaudy up their new home courtesy of an Obama loan. In the back they grill steaks purchased with food stamps, drink beer and tequila, and play mariachi music half the night.

    The Obama phones start arriving in the mail, and the family starts texting like true Americans, doing it even while drinking and driving.

    We then see the son and his new friends in the local boys club show us their hand “signals”. They get in a low rider truckster and drive all over the city drunk occasionally discharging handguns out the window at random targets.

    There a few more tender scenes of a family adjusting to their new life in America. Driving around with Mexican flags in their car window on US holidays.

    The first social worker visit.

    Father and son at their new jobs, mowing grass, and the Friday payday envelope of cash.

    The sons first gunshot wound and the weeping mother.

    Dad walking in on now 13 year old daughter getting some from a 19 year old in a rival local boys club.

    The family at the DMV getting licenses then throwing out the brochures about insurance requirements.

    Then, here is the real tearjerker scene: The daughter giving birth to the anchor baby (exact father unknown, but it could be dad, brother, uncle, or 1 of 7 local boys club members) followed by the drunken celebration / shower where the father gets arrested for public intox and “out of status” discharging of a weapon.

    Alternatively it could be titled “Birth of an Anchor Nation”

  • IstvanIN

    When the Red Chinese professor writes of our decline in the history books of the he will write how we paid, and paid, and paid for our own destruction.

    • Felix_M

      Obongo and our eunuch republicans will succeed in destroying the country, something Hitler and Stalin could only dream about.

  • guest

    Our founding fathers who helped make America the great country it used to be would be turning over in their graves if they were to see what it has become. This is now a country where freeloading illegal immigrants get unlimited special treatment while the hardworking native-born Americans just keep getting screwed over.

    • Duncan

      Stop working and go on the dole so the house of cards will fall sooner than later.

      You are living on a rotting carcass called the USA and the founding fathers myth gets no mileage anymore.

  • Fed Up

    What was that denial again? “Illegal immigrants don’t get food stamps. Don’t get welfare aid. Don’t get free medical services.”

    The truth about those endlessly repeated liberal lies seem to come out despite all the efforts by liberals to conceal the truth from American voters.

  • Shattered

    Obama may just hand out U.S. citizenship to the whole world by executive order and invite them to sign up on the welfare at the rate he’s going.