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Federal Policies Restrict Immigrant Children’s Access to Key Public Benefits

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Publication Date: October 2005

Publisher(s): Columbia University. National Center for Children in Poverty

Author(s): Kinsey Alden Dinan

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: immigrant families; welfare

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Despite high levels of employment, immigrant families are more likely to be low income and experience other hardships than families with native-born parents. Federal policies that limit immigrant families' ability to participate in food stamps, public health insurance, and other key income and work support programs threaten the economic security of millions of America's children.