Outreach and Education – USDA partners with Mexico to promote food stamps among eligible individuals

President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon
An agreement signed in 2004 during the Republican administration of former President George W. Bush 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.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m sick and tired of seeing headlines blaming President Obama for all of societies problems and things he has absolutely no control over.

The latest headline going viral among the Rethuglican wingnuts is “Obama Partners With Mexico to Boost US Food Stamp Use – Even Though Most Illegal Immigrants Collect Welfare” and that could not be further from the truth.

What Drudge and others are pushing is a partnership agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture which administers the food stamp program (SNAP) and the government of Mexico through their consular outreach efforts in the United States, which was signed by former USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista in 2004. 2004 people! During the Republican administration of former President George W. Bush.

The agreement 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.

It doesn’t give illegal immigrants access to the program nor anything else. USDA stressed it was established in 2004 and not meant for illegal immigrants.

For that matter, illegal immigrants are not entitled to any welfare benefits unless they have US born children and even then, benefits are generally limited to WIC benefits and not much else.

But in this nasty political climate, truth doesn’t matter as long as the wing nuts seize every opportunity to bash the President.

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