Mexicans are not leaving, they are turning to robbery and welfare to stay in Oregon. note :the mexican burrios listed below have the largest increase in all of Oregon . Mexicans manage to obtain cash like TANF and WIC because their anchor babies are legal due to illegal mexicans exploiting an old law. They can get energy assistance $300.00 per household, 162.00 per anchor baby in food stamps, section eight as long as one person is legal, food banks serve them and they can get rent assistance also. No questions asked. The largest increases in people receiving benefits this month for cash assistance (TANF) were:
- 28 percent increase over Nov. 2007 in Washington County (Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard, Cornelius);
FOLLOWING IS A CASE FILE OF Lydia Mendez NOTE her legal status is never mentioned except in code , where she is referred to as a Mexican, which means Mexican National , which means illegal alien.
Lydia Mendez is a 44-year-old Mexican woman living in an urban area off the I-5 corridor.
She lives with her two young children, ages 6 and 8 and is separated from her husband. She
also has a 21-year old daughter and grandchildren who live in the area. Mendez is
predominantly Spanish-speaking and all contact during this study required an interpreter. She
arrived in Oregon with her children three years ago. She reported a history of AFS use prior to
living in Oregon that included a period on cash assistance, Food Stamps, and subsidized health
care. Upon settling in Oregon, she applied for welfare while she was in the process of looking
for work. Mendez reported that at the time she applied to AFS, she was looking specifically
for help with Food Stamps and health insurance. Her status with AFS is as a diverted recipient,
but Mendez only reports receiving Food Stamps and OHP. She was aware that qualifying for
TANF was contingent on participating in job search activities, but reported finding work fairly
quickly on her own. “Here there is a requirement that you do a training. You have to go and
report for work and look for work. But I’ve always worked, so I got work pretty quickly and
didn’t have to go through the training. At our initial contact, she was continuing to receive
Food Stamps and OHP. She had been awarded child support for one child, but the payments
At Time 1 of the study, Mendez was sharing housing with her adult daughter and her two
grandchildren. By Time 2, she had moved into her own apartment with her two young children.
She expressed satisfaction with the move, noting the play areas for children, the quiet
environment, and the nearby school. At Time 3, she indicated she had been forced to move to
less expensive housing, but I was unable to contact her for the final interview to follow-up on
this information. She relied on a car to get to and from work, but reported the vehicle was quite
old and in chronic disrepair. She wasn’t able to count on public transportation because her
work shifts varied and often required her to travel at odd hours.
Mendez’s work history has been mainly in agricultural work, “mostly in canneries and in the
fields because I don’t have a lot of school. And so that’s mostly what I’ve done.” She doesn’t
have a high school diploma and her English is quite limited. She attributed her limited access to
other types of employment to her lack of English and her physical limitations. She acquired a
computer certification before moving to Oregon, but was unable to use that qualification here
because of her limited English skills. After a series of temporary jobs, she secured her current,
full-time job at a cannery where she is processing produce 50 or so hours a week. She
describes the work conditions as stressful. She is required to stand for hours on end and
perform repetitive tasks that leave her suffering residual leg pain and chronic eye irritation. This
is the steadiest work she has been able to find since arriving in Oregon. The job pays minimum
wage and does not come with health benefits, sick leave, or vacation. Neither does it offer any
security, as the work is subject to the changing agricultural labor market.
The state also reported Wednesday that 21,850 families with children received welfare cash payments through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Of those families, the state reports about 54 percent had applied for assistance for the first time.
The food stamp and welfare numbers indicate families in southern and central Oregon continue to struggle. Last month’s numbers also show Washington and Clackamas counties are now among the hardest hit.
More than 39,400 in Washington County and more than 29,500 in Clackamas County received food stamps last month.
“We’re seeing folks who we have never seen before, folks who have lost jobs or are losing their homes,” said Jerry Buzzard, manager of the Human Services’ Clackamas district. “It’s not unusual to see very nice cars in our parking lot now because folks who have had good jobs and secure incomes are needing services.”
An individual must have a valid Social Security number and be a legal U.S. resident to qualify for food stamps or cash assistance. That means undocumented workers from another country cannot receive benefits, but their U.S.-born children could because they are citizens.
The state is using some additional federal funds to hire 60 people to help process the rising number of food stamp applications. People facing dire financial circumstances are moved to the head of the line.
But others may have to wait. Depending upon the location, a family might still wait weeks before they learn whether they qualify for benefits.
In total, more than 170,500 people in the Portland area received food stamps last month, a 13 percent increase over November 2007. Local nonprofits say they also saw a jump in the number of people seeking their help last month.
Traci White, social services director for Portland Adventist Community Services, says 151 people lined up to get food from the Adventist food pantry in Northeast Portland on the day before Thanksgiving.
“One hundred used to be a big number for us,” White said. “Now 100 is just normal. We’re always looking for volunteers, and our funds are down, too.”
Heather Thompson, president of the Tualatin Valley Gleaners, says her organization is seeing what she calls the “newly poor.”
“Many of these people have never received an emergency food box, haven’t applied for food stamps or have been denied,” she said.
Her organization typically gets 20 new applicants each month but had 83 new clients in November.
Amber Benham says her family has visited the Gleaners’ Beaverton pantry once a week for some time now.