Dear Editor (Queens Chronicle):
I have read several accounts of both illegal and legal aliens abusing the system by applying for and receiving the government’s benefits (blue) card which allows them to receive free food. Some stated that the people using the cards were only speaking Spanish, were in their 20s or 30s and young enough to be working and paying for their own food. One said the people using the benefits cards were not always the people whose pictures were on the cards. Others claimed other examples of misrepresentation.
I never believed this to be the case and was offended by such letters. However, recently I have noticed the same things.
One young person left the supermarket with her $200 worth of groceries, which she received for free, and got into a 2009 SUV. Another finished with her purchase of $165 worth of food, for which she paid zero, and then passed the card to the man who was standing behind her which he used to get his groceries ($126) for free. The cashier never questioned him even though it was not his photo on front of the card. Disgraceful. Where is the justice here?
I am deeply saddened that I am paying taxes and my taxes are also going to support these people who are abusing the system. They do nothing to contribute to society, but continue to take all the free benefits they can get, which is causing all of us who are legal to pay for these benefits with our tax dollars, which continuously rise each year. I am quite sure that none of those who are illegal aliens are paying taxes, etc. and are not contributing to the U.S. economy.
Something needs to be done about these people milking this society dry. The U.S. government needs to overhaul this benefits program and give the free benefits, formerly call food stamps, to U.S. citizens and senior citizens who legally deserve them.
I came to the U.S. 15 years ago; became a citizen and am proud to call the U.S. my country now. But if you walk on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, you hardly, if ever, see a U.S. flag. All you see are flags of Mexico, Columbia, etc. It is indeed a shame what is happening here. Everyone should contact their congressman and senators and demand that they do something about this free benefits program and the abuse that is going on and increasing day by day. No wonder so many people are trying to sneak into the U.S. illegally.