Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto


Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→


Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

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This post originally appeared on NBCLatino.

House Republicans made good on their promise to slash the food stamp program.  And slash they did, passing a bill that would cut the Supplemental Assistance and Nutrition Program (SNAP) by $39 billion and would drop close to 12 million recipients over the next decade.

Republicans today and in the past have relied on anecdotes—some real, some totally made up – to highlight the problems with food stamps.  And anecdotes, true or not, become powerful political narrative.  However, anecdotes are only small snippets of reality that do not take the bigger picture into consideration.  And the big picture is the economy.  At the height of the great recession one out of ten people were unemployed and among minorities rates of unemployment were nearly double that of whites.

In the six years since the onset of the recession things have gotten better.  But we have still not recovered from the economic downturn, and the effects of the recession are still with us and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

Let’s take Juana Doe, who lost her job during the recession, remained unemployed for several months, had to dip into savings and eventually go into credit card debt to make ends meet.  Eventually, Juana lands a job but it’s only a part-time job for lower pay and no benefits, but she’s got to take what she can get.  Juana is underemployed, yet employed and once again generating income.  But her living expenses along with those of her and her family have remained unchanged. (more…)