As if taking in refugees who cannot be properly vetted and thus pose a grave security risk to American citizens were not bad enough, we must also pay for their artisanal produce.
Groceries at the local Safeway apparently aren't good enough for the refugees. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now spending over $500,000 of your tax-dollars to fund farmers markets -- for refugees -- on food stamps.
Yes, you read correctly. Refugees are entitled to artisanal heirloom tomatoes, first-crop fingerling potatoes, and a range of other fresh, organic, "locally sourced" fruits and vegetables. Because to deny them would be cruel. They could starve. Heaven knows how any of us mere mortals have survived all these years shopping at regular grocery stores.
The Free Beacon reports that the International Rescue Committee (IRC), which enrolls 10,000 refugees every year onto the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), says it has now received funding to set up "culturally-appropriate" corner stores and markets:
“The IRC will expand and deepen the impact of its successful Fresh Fund incentive program over the next four years in seven refugee-rich neighborhoods across Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Baltimore, and Charlottesville,” according to the grant, part of a $16.8 million effort announced by the agency last week to get food stamp enrollees to eat more vegetables.
The agency said refugees and immigrants in the United States are simultaneously at risk for “under-nutrition and obesity, and are highly dependent on SNAP to meet nutritional needs.”
The funding will create one co-op farmers market, seven “farm stands,” and 10 corner stores for refugees in Utah, Arizona, Maryland, and Virginia.
The stores and markets will use a “culturally-appropriate products list” of 40 fruits and vegetables in an attempt to get newly arrived refugees to eat healthy food.
We're not quite sure what "culturally appropriate fruits and vegetables" even means.
The IRC thus far received $564,231 taxpayer dollars to fund the project, dubbed "New Roots" (insert eye-rolling emoji), which is slated to run until March, 2019:
The organization works to build “new roots in America, one farmers market at a time.” In Charlottesville, Virginia, the group has brought Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, machines to a local farmers market.
The IRC recently launched an ad campaign featuring cast members of the HBO series Game of Thrones calling for people to “stand with refugees.” The group has also received federal funding to resettle Afghan interpreters, who sometimes wait years to come to America through the Special Immigration Visa program.
Interpreters, including Ajmal Faqiri, a former translator for the U.S. military who worked for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said the IRC placed them in apartment complexes infested with bed bugs with no heat or furniture.
According to the Beacon, food stamps are just one of several federal expenditures lavished on the refugees, who on average cost taxpayers roughly $20,000 each. Perhaps the cast of Game of Thrones should subsidize this social experiment out of their own pockets and leave the rest of us out of it.