‘Outrage’ over fed EBT push for aliens

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    By Dave Wedge
    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - Updated 13 hours ago
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    Local lawmakers are fuming over an Obama administration policy promoting welfare and EBT benefits for immigrants, with a “welcome” package and promotional website that encourage new arrivals to take advantage of the nation’s generous government largesse.

    “I think it’s a complete outrage that we’re encouraging people coming here to get on public assistance,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, a Taunton Republican who has fought for EBT reform. “We should be encouraging people to be self-sufficient. These programs are rampant with fraud and abuse.”

    The fight over welfare for recent immigrants is unfolding in Washington, where a group of GOP senators has sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack demanding answers as to why food stamps and other welfare benefits are being promoted to new immigrants.

    “The federal government now is giving packets to people when they come to the United States ... that promote welfare benefits,” said U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican and ranking member of the Senate budget committee. “That is contrary to law and sound policy.”

    A USDA spokesman could not be reached late yesterday. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, which runs the website, told the DailyCaller.com the agency is just trying to provide a wide range of government services and is not advising immigrants about their eligibility.

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    ‘Outrage’ over fed EBT push for aliens - BostonHerald.com

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