Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) released the following statement about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) partnership with the Mexican government as part of a campaign to increase food stamp enrollment among both Mexican American citizen and non-citizen immigrants:
"The Department of Agriculture has refused thus far to answer even the most basic questions about their dealings with the Mexican government. What we do know is this: the USDA has decided to use hard-earned taxpayer dollars to fund a partnership with a foreign government to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. With millions of low-income American citizens out of work and legitimately in need of assistance, this is how the administration is choosing to use taxpayer funds.
This ill-conceived partnership underscores many of the flaws with our nation's immigration and fiscal policies. If you want to come to America, you should come legally to contribute and be independent, rather than dependent on welfare benefits. It goes against our nation's basic principles to have policies in place that actually encourage people to come to this country based upon what kind of handouts one can receive."
The American people deserve answers from the Obama administration on exactly how funds are being used in this partnership with the Mexican government. As a member of the House Budget Committee, I will pursue all legislative means to ensure that the USDA does not misuse taxpayer dollars to promote federal assistance for illegal immigrants."
Congressman Diane Black represents the 6th Congressional District of Tennessee and serves on the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.