We are apparently to understand that illegal immigrants no longer feel comfortable enough in this country to apply for food stamps. A new article from the Associated Press contends that because of President Trump’s policies on ramping up deportations, some people have been “driven to take a drastic step,” i.e., opting out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
One, as the AP points out in the second sentence of their article, illegal immigrants are not eligible for food stamps in the first place.
Two, as the AP points out in the eighth paragraph of their article, “it is not possible to determine the extent of the phenomenon.” This is another way of saying that it’s not possible to determine if it is, in fact, a phenomenon at all.
Three…um…how to put this…who cares?
Or as Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies put it to the AP: “It is an attempted moral blackmail to say ‘If you Americans don’t give me your money, I can’t stay here and feed my children.’ Well, it’s your choice. No one made you sneak into the United States.”
The Department of Agriculture has already assured illegal immigrants who have American citizen children that there’s no reason for them to fear applying for food stamps in the first place.
“It is important for non-citizens to know they will not be deported, denied entry to the country, or denied permanent status because they apply for or receive SNAP benefits,” the agency writes on its official website.
In other words, this is an imaginary problem that immigration advocates are using to drum up public animosity towards the Trump administration. Oh, that terrible man is deporting people who shouldn’t be here! And somehow that means that children are going to starve! Seriously?
This shows you how low these people will sink to get support for illegal immigrants, and the fact that it might work shows you how deeply entrenched we are in the entitlement state. Not only do we now take it as a fact that families deserve to have their food paid for, indefinitely, by their hardworking neighbors, we apparently believe that this right is due to everyone, whether or not they ACTUALLY BELONG IN THE DAMN COUNTRY. Unbelievable.
We’re all for a social safety net, but there comes a point where a country’s generosity is mistaken for weakness, and we’re well past that point in the United States. We need to get this under control before we end up with nothing left to give.