Councilmen Hiram Monserrate and Eric Gioia are upset that there aren't enough people in Queens receiving food stamps (yes, you read that correctly).
City loses $61M in Queens non food stamp use
Is the Crapper alone in thinking that this is not an issue? Are there people in this city dying of starvation? Are food stamps even necessary anymore? Let's remember that only in the USA are people in poor neighborhoods and receiving government assistance obese...
Monserrate: "...some are fearful of seeking help because they are undocumented and scared to access any government program."
If certain people are here illegally, why should they receive any benefit funded by taxpayer money? Shouldn't we be trying to discourage lawbreaking?
Those in power like to have as many people on welfare, using food stamps, etc. as possible, because controlling people's purse strings, and therefore, their lives, is part of what keeps them in office. Self-sufficient people start examining and questioning the way their tax dollars are spent and they can't be having that!
By the way, what happened to the days when legal immigrants were to prove they have both a job waiting for them and a sponsor who would be responsible for them should they become a burden to society? That's how it was when my family came here.
Photo of Hiram Monserrate from nyccouncil.info