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More Than a Quarter-Million Refugees Are on Food Stamps

74.2 percent of refugees received food stamps in 2013


Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement CenterDetainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center / AP
     
BY: Elizabeth Harrington 

April 23, 2015

More than a quarter-million refugees are on food stamps, according to a memorandum to the Senate Judiciary Committee from the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

The CRS found that 353,000 refugees were on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, in fiscal year 2013.

According to the memo, 74. 2 percent of refugees arriving in the past 5 years are on food stamps and 22.8 percent received public housing, as of 2013.

Furthermore, 56 percent of refugees received Medicaid or public health insurance, and nearly half (47.1 percent) received cash benefits.

As of December 2014 there were 55,000 "refugees, asylees, and other related groups" who are receiving disability benefits through the Social Security Administration's Supplemental Insurance Income (SSI) program.

The CRS was unable to determine the number of refugees receiving benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program, or children health insurance.

Immigration officials are expecting another surge in unaccompanied illegal alien children crossing the Southwest border this summer. Approximately 3,000 children crossed the border in March, the Washington Times reported.

"Once granted refugee status, an individual has open access to federal welfare, work permits, and the ability to receive a green card and citizenship," Sen. Jeff Session's (R., Ala.) office said.

Sessions is holding a hearing on Thursday on the administration's Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations program run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

http://freebeacon.com/issues/more-than-a-quarter-million-refugees-are-on-food-stamps/

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Do you propose they be allowed to starve?

What is your point of posting this?
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  Everyone is entitled to be fed.
By an American.

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I wonder what Jeff Sessions might come up with as an alternative to feeding people who have no income and no way to get any while waiting for the bureaucracy to act on their cases.

Does he want to simply turn away all refugees, or allow those who are here temporarily waiting for their status to be determined to starve?

What are the alternatives to feeding and caring for refugees? One of them MIGHT be the next Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz's old man.

Jeff Sessions is a grandstanding Teabagger. He brings up crap like this all the time.

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What is your point of posting this?

The point is that not enforcing our borders laws is a losing proposition.
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You have incorrectly assumed that all these people have illegally sneaked into this country, ans such is not the case. Refugees by definition have been admitted to this country because of alleged persecution in their home countries. Cubans who come here are automatically given food stamps and aid so long as they have set a foot upon dry land.

Once they are here and waiting for a decision on their status, they must be fed and housed. Even if you and Jeff Sessions piss and moan about it. It's not like they came with this burning desire to live in Alabama, that's for sure.
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. It's not like they came with this burning desire to live in Alabama, that's for sure.

Is that an insult to Alabama?
Are Alabamians piling up in Colombia?
Draining Colombian resources?

This is very much a rush towards the better conditions, and we do not owe anything to any of these people.


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Is that an insult to Alabama?

No, it is a reference to the various laws that Alabama's legislature passed against renting to undocumented people and hiring them in Alabama.

Are Alabamians piling up in Colombia?
Draining Colombian resources?

This is very much a rush towards the better conditions, and we do not owe anything to any of these people.


So. according to you, we have these people detained in prison like conditions, and they have no way to even feed themselves, so we should let them starve?
Should we take the children who have come here all the way from Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and are waiting some sort of action on their cases and push them out, so they can trek all the way back through Mexico?

The person who wrote this article and Jeff Sessions are either dimwits who do not think through what they say, or they are simply cruel monsters, and deserve to be ignored.
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Feeding people that are in our custody is a good idea.

How are we going to avoid putting all of South America on our dole?

We can feed these people better than they are able to earn, but not all of them.

If we are feeding so many because they have bad government, perhaps that is a good reason to give them better government.

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Not all of South America does not wish to come to the US.
Most immigrants come from Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
There is no chance whatever that all of South America will come to the US and be on the dole.
I suggest that these people did not come here to be encarcerated and fed while waiting for some sort of judgment.
The problem is not bad government, the main problem is income equality and economies that do not provide adequate jobs.
The United States has a poor record at giving any other country better government. We suck at this, and so does every other country that has tried to give better government to another country. The cost of feeding this rather small number of people temporarily is a tiny fraction of what it costs to even attempt to "give them a better government".
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Not all of South America does not wish to come to the US.
Most immigrants come from Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
There is no chance whatever that all of South America will come to the US and be on the dole.
   Why not? Is there some impediment to every last one of them coming here and getting better food and income than they are able to earn at home?
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I suggest that these people did not come here to be encarcerated and fed while waiting for some sort of judgment.
The problem is not bad government, the main problem is income equality and economies that do not provide adequate jobs.
The United States has a poor record at giving any other country better government. We suck at this, and so does every other country that has tried to give better government to another country. The cost of feeding this rather small number of people temporarily is a tiny fraction of what it costs to even attempt to "give them a better government".

Yes because we have no income inequality to bother them.
We are not talking small numbers of illegal aliens and refugees.
The population of Belize is 340,844.


Our illegal alien population is like 32 Beliezes.

Why do you think a war would be more expensive?



https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bh.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_immigrant_population_of_the_United_States

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Wars are ALWAYS more expensive. Soldiers die in wars,and are wounded and the wounded and the widows and children of those killed need to be taken care of, often for the rest of their lives.

And again, what is the alternative to housing and feeding these people? They are waiting for a decision about their status because the law says they have a right to this. Congress could change the law, but it has not even tried. You cannot turn them loose in the US, you cannot throw them across the border, you cannot allow them to starve.

The main impediment to everyone not coming here is that they do not want to leave their homes, they do not want to have to learn another language, they like their country's food, music and culture. Most Mexicans would prefer to stay in Mexico. There are very few countries where a majority wants to leave. Perhaps Syria today. I have read that most Moldovans would like to live elsewhere.

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Plane an uncontrolled border is not sustainable nor wise.
the border should be shut down....
with so many Americans out of work
why the hell are we allowing people to flood in here?
it is sheer insanity....(but well planned and intentional)
it will eventually lead to civil war
a segment of Americans will not tolerate
turning their country into a poor, socialist, shithole.
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Your premise is wrong: the US Mexico Border is NOT uncontrolled.

Fewer people are crossing it than during the Juniorbush years.

If you need proof, just go across the border and try to get back in with no documents.

Many illegals came here on tourist visas and overstayed their visa.
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No my premise is not wrong.....

tens of millions of illegals have made it across our porous borders in recent years.

how are millions here and more coming if our borders are secure?

because less happen to be coming right now....does not mean our borders are secure

inflow of youths/children traveling without parents has doubled since 2013, to 57,525 in the nine months up to July 2014.
the number of migrants who cross the border in so-called "family units" has spiked five-fold to 55,420, according to the border patrol's data.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/18/white-house-hid-huge-spike-of-families-crossing-border/#ixzz37wevSYy5

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