Sessions Presses USDA for More Info on Non-Citizen Food Stamp Use, Participation Rates

Caroline May, Daily Caller, March 17, 2013

After an effort to defund the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food stamp outreach partnership with the Mexican government went down in committee Thursday, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions continued to press the agency for more information about non-citizen participation in the food stamp program.

In a Friday letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack obtained by The Daily Caller, Sessions—who has been exchanging letters with Vilsack about USDA’s partnership with Mexico since last summer—requested additional information about the people the USDA has been enrolling in nutrition assistance programs and the agency’s program goals.

Last month, in a letter recently obtained by TheDC, Vilsack revealed that the share of overall Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamp, benefits going to legal non-citizens has accounted for between 3.5–4.0 percent of the total caseload since 2004.

The agriculture secretary further addressed the fact that those non-citizens who enroll in SNAP are not considered to be government-reliant under the current policies governing immigrant inadmissibility under the public charge statue. {snip}

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Sessions’ Friday letter pressed Vilsack on the cumulative cost of nutrition assistance for non-citizens and the cost of the total amount spent on nutrition assistance benefits for both citizen and non-citizen immigrants, in order to get a clearer picture of the cost associated with the current public charge policy.

The Alabama senator also requested information about possible loopholes for illegal immigrants to partake in SNAP benefits.

“You emphasized that food stamp eligibility ‘has never been extended’ to illegal aliens. However, as you know, illegal immigrants can apply for food stamp benefits on behalf of eligible members of their households,” he wrote.

“To the extent that illegal immigrants do not have to expend their own resources to purchase food on behalf of others, they obviously benefit from that taxpayer-funded assistance. Does your Department have any estimates of total SNAP benefits provided to households headed by an illegal immigrant on behalf of eligible dependents?” Sessions asked, going on to request similar information on legal immigrants with illegal dependents.

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  • Grim Jim

    Yeah, all I know is that food stamps are far from the only goodies Sessions needs to be inquiring about. There’s a Welfare office a few blocks away packed with border fresh illegals raking in the goodies and each has a sparkling factory fresh vehicle they pull up in to cart the goodies away in.

    • bigone4u

      Can you take some pictures and post them on the web? People need to know the truth.

      • Nathanwartooth

        I would say that you should take a video and interview them but I doubt many of them speak English.

        • The__Bobster

          Hold up an ICE sign. You’ll find that the squat monsters know more Ingles than they let on. After all, they’re like billiard balls.

      • Grim Jim

        I was telling that to my friend as we drove back from work, I am getting my video camera charged up and taking a video of the whole horror show tomorrow. I was telling my friend that I want to know the secret since I have an old wreck compared to the sweet buggies those illegals are rolling around in. I was planning to go to local car dealerships and grabbing a few salesman by the bow ties to clue me into how I can get a nice new fully loaded truck like they are giving to illegals.

      • saxonsun

        People DO know the truth.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    When I applied for food stamps, the greaser administrator I talked with told me I didn’t qualify because I own my own house.

    • IstvanIN

      That isn’t true, at least not in NJ. SNAP regulations are largely federal.

  • bigone4u

    A letter from Sessions is probably enough to make Secretary Vile-sack cringe. But the questions are legit and nonpartisan, so let’s get some answers.

  • The__Bobster

    What really galls me is that the bulk of the spending for this traitorous program occurred under Shrub.

  • Vercingetorix

    I sent his office an email of support. Keyboard warrior! Go me

  • MobyWhite

    Suggesting that the FedGov not encourage illegal Mexican parasites to leech from White taxpayers is deemed a Hate Crime.

  • Non Humans

    This is absolutely infuriating. These Illegals are not only being allowed to invade our country, but are living on our dime to boot! It’s bad enough that the nonhumans abuse the social welfare programs instinctively and habitually.
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    That doesn’t even begin to mention how these programs need to be redesigned for resistance to those who abuse them and draw from them perpetually. There needs to be caps on the length of time that benefits can be collected, and very strict requirements for eligibility in the first place, such as current enrollment in higher education.
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    Foremost, though, people who have no Legal right to be here, should (logically) have absolutely Zero right to any of these programs, PERIOD!!

  • LHathaway

    Let’s declare the emergency that blacks and leftists want us to declare and kick out illegals and keep new immigrants out while we tackle the crises we already have.

  • Greg Thomas

    Participation by illegal invaders is more like 90%. They get the full ride of “benefits” though their psedu-American, anchor baby spawn.