USDA Reversal: ENDS Spanish Language Ads Promoting Food Stamps
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ProEnglish Applauds End of Spanish Language Food Stamps Ads

On July 12, the Daily Caller reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was funding a 10-part radio advertisement series in Spanish to promote the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as “food stamps.”

The ads are in the style of “novellas” or Spanish soap operas. “Will Claudia convince Ramon to apply for SNAP?” an announcer melodramatically intones in Spanish. “Don’t miss our next episode…”.

ProEnglish criticized the USDA along with the public outcry over this revelation and asked the program be suspended immediately. The ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, released a statement blasting the USDA’s Spanish-language food stamp ads:

“Today we learn that the USDA, in an effort to increase the enrollment of immigrants, including non-citizens, has produced Spanish-language radio soap operas. In one of these, an individual tries to convince a friend to enroll in food stamps even though that friend declares: ‘I don’t need anyone’s help. My husband earns enough to take care of us.’ The first individual replies back: ‘When are you going to learn?’

Sen. Sessions added, “Is this the message we wish to send new arrivals into our country—depend on the government even if you don’t need to—particularly at a time when we have to borrow forty cents of every dollar we spend?”

Executive Director Robert Vandervoot applauded Senator Sessions stand, saying, “Encouraging immigrants to get on food stamps in their own language sends people the wrong message in its entirety. ProEnglish is pleased to see this food stamp ‘agenda’ be removed from Spanish radio ads.

“This program represented multiculturalism at its worst,” Vandervoort added. “It should never have been launched in the first place.”

Contact your Senator now and urge them to co-sponsor Senator James Inhofe’s “English Language Unity Act” (S. 503) today!

USDA Reversal: ENDS Spanish Language Ads Promoting Food Stamps