The Agriculture Department sent a stern warning to Georgia’s social services’ officials – and by proxy, to all states – about the plight of Syrian refugees and their food stamp applications, telling them bluntly: you cannot deny their benefit.
Doing so would be a violation of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, the agency wrote, Breitbart reported.
“As long as an applicant submits a SNAP application that includes the applicant’s name, address and signature, the state agency must accept and process the application to be in compliance with federal law,” wrote Jessica Shahin with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has joined 27 other states in refusing to take the Syrian refugees the White House is insisting are settled in America. Shahin’s letter orders Georgia lawmakers to “rescind this memorandum” of denying SNAP benefits to Syrian refugees, “and cease this practice immediately,” Breitbart reported.
Deal hasn’t responded to the letter. But his state’s opposition to the refugee resettlement plan pushed by President Obama is in line with the majority of America. More than 54 percent of citizens in the United States say the country shouldn’t take in refugees, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. Another 52 percent express uncertainty in the White House’s existing screening process, and worry about the security risks of taking in the refugees.