LULAC Applauds Bush's
Decision to Restore Food Stamps to Legal Immigrants
Contact: Scott Gunderson Rosa, (202) 833-6130
For Immediate Release: January 11, 2002
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens
(LULAC) today applauded the decision by President George W. Bush
to restore food stamp benefits to legal immigrants who have resided
in the country for at least five years. The proposal could help
up to 363,000 people if approved by Congress.
"We are pleased to see that the President is concerned
about the thousands of people who have had to struggle to feed
their families since the laws were changed in 1996," said
Rick Dovalina, LULAC National President. "He is doing the
right thing by restoring the safety net that many legal residents
need and are entitled to. Legal immigrants work and pay taxes
that go to support this program. There is no reason they should
not be eligible to benefit in the event that they are in need."
President Bush's plan would cost $2.1 billion over the next
decade. The Senate is currently debating a farm bill that includes
a similar plan, but does not restore benefits to as many people.
The House farm bill fails to restore any immigrant benefits.
"We are confident that with the President's support, that
food stamp benefits will be restored to legal immigrants this
year," said Dovalina. "Since 1996, LULAC has urged
Congress and the administration to restore all of the benefits
that were taken from legal immigrants. Restoring food stamps
this year will serve as a catalyst toward accomplishing that goal."
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the
oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the United
States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment,
political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans
through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC
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