On Tuesday's program, Rush Limbaugh echoed a tired right wing "this is Amurica" hysteria point, suggesting that Barack Obama is advertising food stamps on radio and television in Mexico in an effort to lure more people to illegally cross into the United States.
"There's one thing that did not make it into the story where Mexico has surpassed America as the fattest country on earth. And that is food stamps. Ya know, we advertise food stamps in Mexico. The regime runs radio ads, I believe. Maybe sometimes even tv. For food stamps. For those in Mexico thinking of immigrating (legally or illegally--you have to make that distinction--hee hee hee) to the United States."
As usual, Limbaugh is lying in a cynical attempt to fan the flames of anti immigrant fervor.
The lie was thoroughly debunked by Salon in an article this spring .
The lie appears to have a kernel of truth at its core, but not one right wing morons like Rush Limbaugh would like to admit.
The program actually began under George W. Bush, and provides information to Mexican consulates within the United States. Not in Mexico, in the United States.
In 2004, the USDA announced the program :
Many Mexican Americans and Mexican nationals working within the United States have limited awareness of eligibility for Food Stamps and other nutrition programs such as Women, Infants and Children program and school meals. Additional barriers such as the language heightens the need for specialized outreach. The objectives under this agreement include new partnerships, communications outreach in both English and Spanish, and other activities to educate eligible populations.
The USDA plainly states that these benefits are not available to the people Limbaugh says are collecting them:
"SNAP eligibility has never been extended to undocumented non-citizens."
In order to qualify for food stamps, one must hold a green card and reside in the United States legally for five years. However, more than 96% of SNAP recipients are citizens of the United States.