Nation: Nice to see your tax dollars at work helping illegal aliens get on the dole.
|Though it goes against the conventional wisdom of anti-illegal immigration supporters, those who enroll the poor in the federal food stamp program say they've struggled for years to get immigrant Latino families signed up.
Now a Spanish-language news report and television ad campaign have spurred thousands of immigrants in Orange County over the last several weeks to contact a nonprofit organization that offers a Spanish-language class called "Food Stamps in Four Hours."
The stream of immigrants contrasts sharply with what was going on just a few months ago when only a handful of immigrants would attend the free course.
The news report and ads were heard throughout Southern California, but those who responded in Orange County were directed to a nonprofit organization. Most other callers to the toll-free number were directed to county offices.
The Orange County strategy has been lauded throughout the state as a way to reach immigrants who are reluctant to get help from the government.
"They won't come on their own," said Jerry Sanders, food bank manager of the nonprofit Community Action Partnership of Orange County in Garden Grove. "They come from countries where they think the government isn't to be trusted. They figure there's a catch to free food."|
There is no such thing as free food you idiot. People like me who pay taxes are being sucked dry by these welfare programs.
|The federal government estimates 60% of eligible households participate in the food stamp program nationally. In California, the participation rate drops sharply. A study of 2003 participation rates by Mathematica Policy Research, a nonpartisan research group, showed that 34% of California's working poor participated in the program that year, the third lowest percentage among the 50 states.
There are 30,000 households in Orange County that receive food stamps, federal officials said.
Sanders of the Community Action Partnership estimates more than three times that amount could qualify. |
Wonderful and it gets worse towards the end.
|In Orange County, several of those attending a recent "Food Stamps in Four Hours" class said they were convinced it was legitimate when they saw Ortiz Haro on television.
"This program is not welfare. It won't affect your immigration status," Ortiz Haro said on television.
"The program is a right, and if we don't use it, it's a privilege that will pass you by."
About 20 people attended a "Food Stamps in Four Hours" class on a recent weekday at the El Modena Community Center in Orange.
Many of them came by a bus provided by Community Action Partnership, which picked up applicants at three locations.
They were given help filling out a 10-page application, as well as nutrition bars and a bag of free food. Then they were taken by bus to a government office in Anaheim to get fingerprinted.|
This is the future of America, love it.