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Obamacare navigators reportedly enrolling people at Mexican consulates

Report says Obamacare being promoted at Mexican consulates.
Report says Obamacare being promoted at Mexican consulates.
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On Thursday, Kerry Picket reported at that navigators are enrolling people in Obamacare at events held at Mexican consulates regardless of their citizenship.

“Whether they’re Mexican nationals or whether they’re United States citizens or whether they’re in transition-- and if they’re there it is our responsibility within all of America to educate on the Affordable Care Act,” said Enroll America Field Organizer Jose Medrano.

According to the Rio Grande Guardian, an Obamacare enrollment fair was held at the Mexican Consulate’s office in Brownsville, Texas on Tuesday. Pickett said Mexican nationals were among those being counseled about Obamacare.

Although the law says illegal immigrants cannot receive government-run health benefits or subsidized coverage, President Obama has made it clear the federal healthcare website would not be used to determine an applicant's immigration status.

“None of the information that is provided in order for you to obtain health insurance is in any way transferred to immigration services,” Obama said.

It's not the first time Mexican consulates have been used to promote U.S. government programs, Pickett added. In July 2012, the Daily Caller said that food stamps were promoted in 50 consular offices in the U.S., in accordance with an agreement between the USDA and the Mexican government.

“USDA and the government of Mexico have entered into a partnership to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance,” the USDA says.

Stephen Miller, a spokesman for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said promoting Obamacare at Mexican consulates presents three major problems.

“One, the possibility that illegal immigrants could fraudulently access federal subsidies; two, that such promotions provide a financial inducement to unlawfully enter the U.S. (or overstay a visa) by offering households headed by illegal immigrants federal subsidies through their legal relatives or dependents; and three, that these activities widen an existing flaw in our legal admissions process by continuing to subvert the principle that those seeking to lawfully enter the US should be financially self-sufficient,” he said.

The official deadline for enrollment is March 31, but the administration has -- once again -- unilaterally moved the date back to April for those who have had problems enrolling on the federal site.



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