Proof of citizenship not required
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is a federal grant initiative that provided $1.26 million in food last year to thousands of low-income people living along the Idaho-Oregon border in Payette and Malheur counties.
That number is for two counties, imagine the number in Marion/Washington/Multnomah counties.
The number of local program recipients lacking legal citizenship status, though, is apparently unknown.
The WIC program was deemed “effective” following a 2006 study by the United States Office of Management and Budget.
There is no record, though, regarding how many local participants may be illegal immigrants because U.S. citizenship is not required to receive WIC services in Oregon and Idaho.
“Legal and illegal immigrants can apply for and receive WIC services,” Gene Gunderson, Director Idaho’s Southwest District Health, said.
Their version of "effective" must be different than mine. Mine says that "effective" means we don't help criminals.
Bilingual staff serve in the WIC offices for Malheur County and Payette County.
This is actually a very good news article. Just the facts. Criminals avail themselves of taxpayer services. Simple. We have an illegal alien problem not because the criminals are so "hardworking" but because they have figured out that they can come here for freebies supplied by John Q. Taxpayer.