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Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:57 pm
by samD | 534 Posts

By Julia Lyon

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published Dec 16, 2010 10:24AM
Updated Dec 16, 2010 03:38PM
Revising food-stamp rules affecting undocumented immigrants in Utah may have saved the federal government more than $2 million, an analysis by the state Department of Workforce Services (DWS) shows.

Between July and October, 2,724 households with undocumented immigrants lost benefits; 788 of those households saw a decline in financial assistance. That equals an estimated $2.1 million in cost savings, according to the analysis.

Food stamps, which help low-income families buy food each month, are available to all eligible U.S. citizens based on household income and family size.

A blended household with U.S.-born children and undocumented parents could potentially still qualify if its income was low enough. Food stamp benefits are paid by the federal government.

Rep. Christopher Herrod, R-Provo, said he was happy with the savings, even if it was not in state dollars.

“It’s saving our children from additional debt,” said the legislator, who is married to a legal immigrant from the Ukraine. “It also goes to show there are costs associated with illegal immigrants.”

In July, Utah began to count all income of household members when determining eligibility for food stamps. In the past, only a portion of undocumented immigrants’ income was counted, due to the limitations of an old computer system. The result was that the income of a family with undocumented members might appear to be lower than a similar family of all native Utahns, making the newcomers eligible for food stamps while the native Utahns were not.

Statewide, 9.1 percent of all households receiving food stamps include undocumented members, according to DWS. In Salt Lake County, 11.1 percent of households on food stamps include undocumented members. The highest numbers are in Summit County where nearly 30 percent of households on food stamps include undocumented residents. Those numbers have not significantly differed since the rules changed.

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Of the thousands of families who lost benefits — many of whom are Latino — some are seeking help at free food pantries such as Hildegarde’s Pantry at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Salt Lake City. During the recession, families lost jobs and food stamps, and moved in with uncles and cousins to try to save money, said Lydia Herrera, the pantry director.

“I have lots of families who don’t receive any more food stamps,” said Herrera, who noted the pantry is extremely low on canned meat such as tuna and chicken. “They are not getting by.”

Herrod said he hated to see any family go hungry, “but I don’t think it’s fair to the taxpayers to bear that burden especially if they’re in the country illegally.”

“I believe in immigration, but I believe those individuals who come should strive to be self-sufficient,” he said.

jlyon@sltrib.com
Copyright 2010 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:00 pm
by HampsterW | 461 Posts

Maybe in some small way.......Makes up for Hatch's Fuckup? I thought not..lol


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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:53 pm
by ecaman | 29 Posts

I take exception to the term "undocumented immigrant". For a time it was "illegal". What the motherfuckers are is CRIMINAL. Don't pretty it up trying to get sympathy for the bastards!


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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:07 pm
by Vaquero | 156 Posts

Ditto what ecaman said.


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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:20 pm
by Lyle Hutchins | 7 Posts

Lately (For several months) the Debit Cards(food stamps) have been seen used at casinos and on Cruise lines. Imagine that!!! Gov. Pay'n for POS to go on vacation!!
Lyle


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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:46 pm
by HampsterW | 461 Posts

Don't get me started......I have been at Wallymart here in town (around Christmas time usually), where I am behind Gansta lean, no doubt a drug dealer and all around fuck up who has a wad of cash, him and the missus have two carts, one with the WIC eligible stuff, milk, butter and what not, which the tax payer pay's for, and one full of shit for Christmas which 'cash boy' pays for.....It takes a great deal of restraint on my part.......


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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:18 am
by Vaquero | 156 Posts

Zitat von HampsterW
Don't get me started......I have been at Wallymart here in town (around Christmas time usually), where I am behind Gansta lean, no doubt a drug dealer and all around fuck up who has a wad of cash, him and the missus have two carts, one with the WIC eligible stuff, milk, butter and what not, which the tax payer pay's for, and one full of shit for Christmas which 'cash boy' pays for.....It takes a great deal of restraint on my part.......


Why I don't go to walmart, and if I have to, I'm in a bad mood when I leave.


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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:18 am
by HKBauer | 128 Posts

When ever TBH has says we are going to go shopping first thing I ask is are we going to Wal Mart if the answer is yes I dont go.

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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:54 am
by HampsterW | 461 Posts

Hey, was this quick reply box here yesterday? I gotta quit drinking!...LOL


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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:13 am
by HKBauer | 128 Posts

You getting into the programming so much that time is just flying by? LOL

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RE: Feds save millions after undocumented immigrants lose benefits

in Political & Legal Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:17 am
by HampsterW | 461 Posts

Zitat von HKBauer
You getting into the programming so much that time is just flying by? LOL


I guess!


Change that you can truly believe in comes from the barrel of a gun!..........Greg AZ........Check! Check! Check!

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