Obama Administration May Begin Ending Fingerprints For Food Stamps

December 18, 2009

U.S. (ChattahBox) – The Obama administration may be stepping forward to put an end to the use of digital fingerprinting for people applying for food stamps.

The practice is being used in four states; New York, California, Texas, and Arizona, and has caused many to accuse state governments of treating the poor like criminals simply due to their income levels or disabilities.

“I’m a U.S. citizen, born and raised in the Bronx all my life. I have my identity in the health department and Social Security. And yet I’m being treated like a criminal,” Angel Jean Seymore of New York, a former health care worker who stopped working after a severe back injury left her with limited mobility, told NPR.

While state officials say that it is used purely as a fraud deterrent, and that it is working well against it, others say that it has mainly deterred citizens from coming forward to receive help in a time of need.

They also say that the method is discriminatory and useless.

“There’s only one kind of fraud potentially captured by finger-imaging. That’s when a person actually creates a duplicate identity, like they’re in James Bond. It’s preposterous. It’s hard enough for an eligible person on the program to get the benefits,” Joel Berg, of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger pointed out.

It is a little odd that the state is trying to fight against fraud in a system based on income level rather than identity.

Apparently the White House agrees, and it is expected that President Obama will likely put an end to the process, which has already been criticized by other state governments.



3 Responses to “Obama Administration May Begin Ending Fingerprints For Food Stamps”

  1. Hilary on December 20th, 2009 11:42 pm

    Fingerprinting food stamp recipients is the same as criminalizing poverty. You’re desperate for food so you have to submit to having your identity placed into an immortal police-state database? That’s insane. If I needed food stamps, I’d think twice about signing up because I don’t trust the government not to suck me into its prison/intelligence industrial complex. If citizens need food, they are entitled to food. Even if some recipients are lazy or fraudulent, I’m sure the cost to the taxpayer would be a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of the Wall Street bailout. I’d rather have poor people stealing food than Wall Street bankers stealing our pensions.

  2. Realitycheck on February 24th, 2010 10:02 pm

    Hillary is 100% correct. There are a lot of losers stating fingerprinting is ” a good thing.” Clearly, they like living in a police state. They also yammer about their taxes, forgetting that EVERYONE pays taxes, cry me a river. These are the same creatures who vote the same traitors “republacrats” in office, and applaud with Nazi party enthusiasm when “their” taxes are used to bailout the banking oligarchs, expand the American empire, and the surveillance state. There is no salvation for these hypocrites. BTw, If they have a problem with food stamps, then I expect them to be first in line to give back their social security check when they retire. Why? because I don’t want MY tax dollars supporting these hypocrites.

  3. write my essay on March 1st, 2010 6:49 am

    The same situation with people with disabilities.
    I don`t have a finger or palm so what`s now? That`s a little bit offensive and many politicians agree with that. So if they going to repeal a law the might have some support again.

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