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This week at CBPP, we focused on immigration, family income support, food assistance, Social Security, the federal budget, and the economy.

  • On immigration, Robert Greenstein released a statement saying the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule will harm immigrant families and ill-serve America. Arloc Sherman, Danilo Trisi, Chad Stone, Shelby Gonzales, and Sharon Parrott explained that despite the Administration’s rationale for the rule, immigrants contribute greatly to the U.S. economy.

  • On family income support, Ife Floyd explained how cash matters to children’s lives, in the context of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ 23-year anniversary.

  • On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings described how raising SNAP benefits would have powerful effects on food security, poverty, and health.

  • On Social Security, we updated our backgrounder on the top ten facts to know about the program.

  • On the federal budget, we updated our backgrounders on the “pay-as-you-go" budget rule and non-defense discretionary programs.

  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart Of The Week – Elderly People of Color Face Higher Poverty Rates

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts this week. Here are some of the highlights:

Just how bad was Trump’s ‘public charge’ move?
Washington Post
August 16, 2019

More than 380,000 foreigners would have to pass the “public charge” test to enter the US
August 15, 2019

Trump Takes Aim at Legal Immigration With Reviews on Public Aid
August 12, 2019

Trump administration announces rule that could limit legal immigration
ABC News
August 12, 2019

Immigration makes America great
August 12, 2019

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