Estimating not even 50 percent of Mexicans in the United States who are eligible for Department of Agriculture programs take advantage of them, U.S. and Mexican officials pledged Tuesday to make Hispanics more aware of programs available to them.This isn't necessarily as Orwellian as it might appear. One way to explain this shifting back and forth between "Mexican" and "Hispanic" is that this Bush administration scheme is race-based and not specifically country-based: they're focusing their efforts on "Hispanics", but since most of those are "Mexicans" that's why they're working with the Mexican consuls instead of, say, consuls from Honduras.
The purpose of their meeting, which included Mexican consuls from Salt Lake City to Orlando, was to find ways to implement recent agreements between Mexico's Foreign Ministry and USDA officials on Hispanic access to nutrition programs as well as housing and business loans...
...the best way to reach the Spanish-speaking community is through the consulates with whom they have already built a rapport, officials agreed.So, the Bush administration is reaching out to U.S. citizens who were originally from Mexico using... Mexican consuls?
...[USDA's Rural Development office in Georgia] launched a program to promote home ownership and business loans for Hispanics in rural U.S. areas. Loans require U.S. citizenship, Workman said.
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