Illegals Foregoing Food Stamps Over Deportation Fears

Yahoo News ran a very interesting article last week about what they claim is a recent uptick in illegal aliens declining food stamp aid out of fears of deportation, naturally due to President Trump’s policy-leanings when it comes to illegal immigration.

The post was light on stats but heavy on emotion as it wove tragic tales of hard-working illegals being forced to choose between food and deportation.

A crackdown on illegal immigration under President Donald Trump has driven some poor people to take a drastic step: opt out of federal food assistance because they are fearful of deportation, activists and immigrants say…

…A 52-year-old woman interviewed in New York City, a Mexican in the country illegally, told The Associated Press she was motivated in January to drop a benefit that was supporting her teenage daughter, a U.S. citizen, purely because she was afraid of being in the food stamp system, which requires applicants to state their immigration status.

“I had been told that it’s OK to apply for food stamps. But, for the moment, I don’t want to take any risks,” said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of her immigration status and was introduced to AP through an organization that helps immigrants, the Mexican Coalition of the South Bronx.

“I need it but I have peace of mind because my case is closed,” said the woman, who makes $8.50 an hour cleaning houses and lives in small apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

A Honduran immigrant and single mother with one child in Silver Spring, Maryland, decided not to renew the food stamps she received when they expired in January. “We fear deportation,” said the 29-year-old immigrant, who also spoke on condition of anonymity and was introduced to AP through a local nonprofit. She normally earns about $350 per week answering phones at a travel agency but has been working extra hours cleaning homes to make up for the loss of about $150 per month in food stamps.

The idea that people are actually opting out of food stamps over deportation actually boosts the idea that our welfare programs are bloated and wasteful. Since I haven’t seen any recent stories about illegal immigrants dropping dead in the streets from starvation it is safe to assume they’re finding a way to feed themselves. Yes, it might be a struggle but there is no constitutional right to never struggle. Is their struggle here in America worse than their struggle in whatever country they fled?

Welfare isn’t just a form of financial aid, it’s a state of mind. When the money was there and trouble-free, people who are otherwise healthy and able to earn a living took advantage of it. When the money came with certain standards suddenly many of those people are finding alternatives to the free help. They’re helping themselves. How many other legal citizens on food stamps might be inclined to earn their grocery budget through other means if they were held to stricter standards?

The Department of Agriculture administers the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and their own guidelines are contradictory. While requirements  for qualifying for SNAP include being a legal resident or refugee…

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…if you dig long enough you can find a statement in PDF form that reassures illegals that they will not be reported or deported for receiving food stamp benefits.

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This is a government agency blatantly flouting the law of the land, rewarding law-breakers and contradicting the mission of a fellow government agency, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

It is no wonder that average, hard-working Americans are feeling taxed beyond their abilities and financially stressed beyond reason. Many of are bearing the burden of their own families and communities as well as that of people who obviously can survive without taxpayer money but choose not to.

Reading the Yahoo article, it isn’t hard to understand why so many people have such vocal problems with the current state of immigration in our country. Americans feel left behind by their own government, which consistently takes the side of illegal aliens who flout our laws, avail themselves of benefits they don’t need and don’t pay for, and then ungratefully shame and ridicule those Americans who say they can give no more.

Kathy Griffin’s Distasteful Act Reflects Media’s War on Trump

It was not really surprising to see comedian Kathy Griffin put out a video of herself holding the bloody, decapitated head of President Trump. This is not surprising because Ms. Griffin apparently lives in a bubble populated by ideological fanatics, some of whom really do wish violence on the president.

In entertainment circles, it is now commonplace to demean Donald Trump in almost barbaric ways. It’s a nasty business and business is good. Stephen Colbert has gone from worst to first in the late night ratings by eviscerating President Trump daily. The cable news programs that also do this have seen their audiences grow as well. Many Trump haters have an addiction and their habits need to be fed. That man standing under the street lamp signaling cars to pull over may be Colbert.

So, Ms. Griffin must have been stunned when outrage came her way. It is clear from the video of her putting together the beheading exposition that she was fully engaged in her presentation and had no qualms about doing it. But almost immediately after she dropped the grotesque image on the internet, she began to get hammered on social media. Presto, she had an epiphany. She made a terrible mistake, she said. The video was not funny. She asked for forgiveness.

Shortly after her regretfulness, CNN fired Kathy Griffin from its New Year’s Eve coverage but gave the story little airtime. Speculation about Russia compromising the Trump campaign drives CNN’s news agenda, and there is little room for anything else.

I take her apology to be sincere. The comedian was just pandering to the folks with whom she hangs.

But all Americans should understand that the demonization of Donald Trump by the left-wing national media has desensitized folks like Ms. Griffin to the point where right and wrong is not even considered anymore.

The anti-Trump media is now the mob holding torches while marching up to Frankenstein’s castle; it is Steven Spielberg’s vicious shark attacking at will.

It all has to do with revenge. The progressive left feels betrayed by the American people who rejected Hillary Clinton and voted Trump into office. So they are going to destroy Trump’s presidency and delegitimize him as a human being in full view of the people who like him. He’s evil, and if you support him — you’re evil too. Thus, the anti-Trump media believes it is justified in bringing harm to the president. It’s for the greater good, you know. We need to send a message.

Of course that rationalization is off-the-chart dangerous.

As stated, it is more than likely that Kathy Griffin believed she would be pleasing her audience while bringing attention to herself. I don’t believe this incident will have any lasting effect or even wise anybody up. But she certainly got the attention.

The brutal truth is that we have become a hateful nation with the media leading the way. There is big money to be made in the destruction industry and few restraints in place. How many news organizations do you think are seeking the truth about President Trump? How many?

The answer may be zero. It is much easier and more profitable to put a cable news panel together and insult the man, or run five “Trump is a jerk” op-eds a day in the paper.

Donald Trump may not fully understand the destructive forces arrayed against him but, if he wants to succeed as president, he should listen up. There is blood in the water and truth doesn’t matter. The anti-Trump media not only wants Trump’s head, but the scalps of those who dare to even give him a fair shake. In many newsrooms, anyone supporting Trump risks unemployment.

So, Kathy Griffin has served up an image that is stark and offensive but also may be prophetic.

There are no boundaries anymore.

What We, the People, Are Entitled To From Our Government 

There is great confusion all over the country about rights and what the government really owes us. Essentially, there are three major expectations that the government should meet under the constitutional banner of the pursuit of happiness.

Number one, security. We are entitled to have an effective defense against people who would kill us. But today, our security is wobbling because of hackers and leakers, and the federal government does not seem to be able to stop the espionage. While many Americans don’t pay attention, this issue, that we cannot guard our defense secrets or even protect the President of the United States when he talks to a foreign leader, is something that America has never seen before. The high-tech world is creating threats to our security that are almost out of control. This is, perhaps, the most important issue the federal government faces right now. 

But close to that is health care. Since Obamacare was passed, Americans now are entitled to an affordable medical system that can alleviate their suffering. All of us are going to get sick, and we will need help. But right now, that help is confusing, to say the least.

The guiding principles of health care should be that is financially reasonable, affordable, but you have direct access to the doctors you want, and that you are not bogged down in a chaotic system of red tape and delays. So Congress has a lot of work to do, to put a fair health care system in place.

Finally, all American adults should have access to the free marketplace. By that I mean, you can’t be denied a job because of your color, your race, or anything else. Also, the government needs to put SENSIBLE guidelines in place that protect workers from exploitation with many unions now politically corrupted, the Feds and the states have much more responsibility to working Americans. 

That’s it. That is all what we are owed. The Bernie Sanders philosophy that everybody should be guaranteed a job and a set wage and shepherded through life is not what America is all about. We compete here but in some cases, some Americans are not treated fairly in the marketplace. Best example, children from families who don’t really care about them. These kids are often thrown into awful schools and wash out early without much of an education. They have little chance to succeed economically in this country.

For far too long, Americans looked away from that reality. Every American child deserves a quality education, and right now, the system is not providing that for millions of kids. That must change.

But most importantly, “man is not free unless government is limited.”

Treason In the Air

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord…

Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord

-Phil Collins

Somebody either leaked or hacked into CIA files that explained how US intelligence tracks the enemies of the nation. WikiLeaks says it has released almost nine thousand documents from the CIA Center for Cyber Intelligence. A Wall Street Journal editorial put it this way: 

The losses from this exposure are incalculable. These tools represent millions of dollars of investment and man-hours. Many will now be rendered moot as terrorists or foreign agents abandon traceable habits.

ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other killers now know how the US is tracking them. 

Therefore, the leaks are a treasonous act. 

According to Reuters, the CIA breach took place during the Obama administration. Apparently many of the CIA’s computer systems are outdated (some more than forty years old), easily hacked into, and easily the targets of theft. Also that bids are out to high-tech companies to upgrade intelligence agencies’ computer facilities. That would cost tens of billions of dollars, but its very necessary in this very dangerous world. But no matter how sophisticated the hardware gets, we still have people committing treason inside the government. Since taking office, President Trump has been bedeviled by classified information being fed to the anti-Trump press. 

So now we have a growing catastrophe. Obviously the CIA and other intelligence agencies can’t protect their secrets. So far, only a few individuals have been charged with violating national security. I also believe that leakers of classified documents are actively committing treason. The federal government doesn’t have a handle on how to apprehend these traitors and stop the espionage. America is the most sophisticated country in the world. But we can’t protect the private conversations of our leader, our intelligence secrets, or our counter-terrorism measures.

Obviously this is a dangerous situation. President Trump should order the FBI to aggressively investigate all leaks and hacks as a top priority. Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Republicans requested a meeting with FBI director Comey on the hacking and leaks. Director Comey should do that as quickly as possible and it should be televised. The Americans need to know if this situation is completely out of control. 

Wiretaps, Collusion, and Chaos! (Cont’d)

Here is a continuation of what I said yesterday, I feel that there were some unsaid things.

There should be indictments against those who leak national security information. Let’s hope that some justice comes out of this chaos.

As I said yesterday, there are only two stone-cold facts that the media can report in this entire debacle. Michael Flynn’s communication with Russia’s ambassador to the US was intercepted. That happened, but we do not know who ordered it and how it went down. Obviously, the American people are entitled to know. Someone leaked the conversations between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the press. That’s a felony. So, we need to know who the leaker is. Associated with that, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch finalized a change in how the National Security Agency shares raw intelligence, just days before Obama left office. We need to know why exactly that happened. The NSA sharing raw information with the FBI and CIA and other intelligence agencies, creates more of a potential for leaks. And that’s exactly what happened. Some of President Trump’s calls to the Mexican President, the Australian Prime Minister, and other high level officials were leaked to the press. So in effect, the Obama administration MAY have (I emphasize may) created chaos for the Trump administration by allowing unsubstantiated intelligence information to be spread across various agencies. 

It’s subversion if that were done intentionally to harm the incoming president. 

As I’ve said before, Congress must get to the bottom of the situation. There are ongoing investigations in the House and in the Senate to find out if Russian officials colluded with the Trump campaign. So far there is no evidence of that. We also don’t know anything solid about wiretaps and leaks concerning Donald Trump and we need to know.

Wiretaps, Collusion, and Chaos!

This commentary will be COMPLETELY free of speculation.

The Trump haters say that his campaign worked with the Russians to derail Hillary Clinton’s campaign and derailed her chances to become president. That accusation has angered the president and tied up his administration with unwanted controversy. Showing his annoyance, the president tweeted over the weekend that he believes that Barack Obama ordered phone taps at the Trump Tower. So now all hell is breaking lose.

Let’s look at the facts and unfortunately there are only two facts in this whole swamp of accusations. ONLY two. First, the communication between Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the US were tapped by somebody. A portion of the conversations were given to the Washington Post, but we do not know who tapped the call. 

So… who tapped the call? We just don’t know.

Second fact: Under President Obama, the National Security Agency changed the way it shared raw, unconfirmed intelligence with other agencies. This was finalized in January, just a few days before President Obama left office. It used to be that raw intelligence would not be shared, but now the NSA can share it with other agencies; even if the intelligence IS NOT CONFIRMED. Leaks have sprouted all over the place and were damaging to the Trump administration. 

We do not know why the Obama administration changed intelligence standards. We just don’t know. But Donald Trump apparently believes that it was to sabotage his incoming administration.

That’s it. That’s the only factual information that we have. All the rest is blather, opinion, propaganda, and speculation. 

Now, the entire tasteless mess is based on the Russian hacking, which bedeviled the Clinton campaign. As stated, some anti-Trump people accuse the president and his acolytes of working with the Russians. On Sunday, the director of the national intelligence (James Clapper) under President Obama said in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd that he had found no evidence of that. Also, Arkansas senator Tom Cotton, who is on the congressional committee that is investigating the Russian situation, also said something pretty identical to what Clapper had said. Any fair-minded person has to acknowledge there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In order for the wiretapping to legally happen, a judge would have to sign off on a FISA warrant. Again please reference the interview with Clapper and Todd, which seems pretty definitive about the issue. President Trump has asked for an investigation into the alleged wire tapping. We assume that’ll happen, but this whole thing is terrible for the country. America’s credibility is being damaged all over the world and the federal government’s ability to even operate is being impeded. For the good of the country, perhaps we should tamp down the madness, let Congress do its job and investigate the situation.

On Trump and Obama Policies and Our Siberian “Friends”…

Here are some of my thoughts on the Trump and Obama agenda and Russia:

Again, we don’t know if the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to change the outcome of the election, but what I do know that America and Russia are not buddy-buddy with each other. 

If you want to know what a pro-Russia agenda would look like, here are some elements: slash defense spending, slow down our nuclear modernization, roll back nuclear defense missiles, enter one-sided nuclear arm control agreements, and do everything that you can to stop American oil and gas production. Those were Obama’s policies for eight years, not Trump’s. Trump has proposed the exact opposite of those listed items, which would not be good for Russia.

I am not saying that Obama was colluding with the Russians or was actively trying to help out the Russians, but Trump’s policies are polar opposites of helping out Russia. Until all of these investigations are carried out and completed, you can believe whatever you want to believe in how involved the Russians were actually involved with the election; but stop spewing out the narrative that Trump and Putin are practically best friends.

Keep your eyes out for better, in-depth commentaries later this week regarding President Trump and his administration!