Stealing from the government used to be a crime. We called it “fraud.” There were all sorts of ways people defrauded the government. They took advantage of welfare benefits, tax and securities regulations, health care entitlements, and a multitude of other laws and programs ripe for abuse.
Now we have a gray area. Let’s call it “allowable fraud.” Left-wing hysteria over helping out undocumented immigrants created a climate where stealing from the government is something we are more likely to reinterpret or ignore outright.