Penny Starr
April 10, 2009

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday could not say whether $100-million in additional funding for a program that helps hungry and homeless people throughout the United States would be used to provide services to people who are in the country illegally.

[efoods]The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), which is receiving $100 million in stimulus funds, is a nationwide social service program created by Congress in 1983.

“These monies get distributed to the Salvation Army, they get distributed to the Red Cross, they get distributed to various churches and faith-based organizations that provide services — and so those are where the dollars go,” Napolitano told when asked whether any protocol was in place to make sure the funds go to help U.S. citizens who have lost their jobs and are not distributed to illegal immigrants.

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