Three toddlers at her side, the woman swiped her Lone Star Card to pay for groceries. She spoke no English and did not appear to be a U.S. military veteran. Whether an illegal immigrant or not, this is a common scene in Texas, which has the largest Electronic Benefit Transfer system in the U.S.
Texas has an estimated 1.5 million illegal immigrants, representing 6.7% of its population. Further, according to PEW Research for 2012, there were 11 million illegals in the U.S. Other estimates range between seven to twenty million.
Facing a debt of over $17 trillion, the Obama administration pushes food stamps but cuts military benefits, and the number of illegals on welfare continues to swell.
Where is the logic, where is the justice?
Military veterans sacrificed and contributed dearly, but illegals only benefit greatly. Aside from legitimate recipients of assistance, (340,000 of whom are veterans), we are becoming a fraudulent welfare state.
Many of our warriors continue to suffer economically, physically and mentally.
The fact is, without our military, we would not be a great nation . . . “under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Sadly, under this administration, the ‘justice’ part is fading.
At the American Legion national convention in 2011, Obama promised not to balance the federal budget on the backs of U.S. veterans—yet another broken promise. More dramatically, sending troops to Afghanistan under the ‘hands tied behind your back’ rules of engagement, then reducing benefits of wounded vets is especially outrageous.
Taking from veterans and their families--the protectors of our liberties--and rewarding law-breakers is the ultimate of audacity.