Monday, October 1, 2012
I.6 Million Non Citizens Now On Food Stamps
One of the provision of welfare reform done in 1996 was tight restrictions place on food stamp eligibility for non citizens living in the United States. The the 2002 farm bill reversed this policy, restoring eligibility and making the enrollment of non-citizen immigrants a high priority. Beginning in 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of State, and the Mexican government began an ongoing partnership to increase enrollment in food stamps, and other USDA nutrition welfare programs, to eligible Mexican Americans and Mexican nationals living and working in the United States. Today, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service website highlights that outreach is provided through 50 Mexican consulates in the U.S.