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November 15, 2018

The Trump Administration’s proposal to radically change immigration rules relating to “public charge” determinations has understandably stoked fears about how applying for public benefit programs could affect peoples’ current or future immigration status. But...

Open Enrollment
October 10, 2018

The Trump Administration officially proposed a rule today that would radically alter the U.S. immigration system, making it much harder for many immigrants lawfully in the country to remain here and for many seeking legal entry to come.

holding hands
September 27, 2018

A new draft proposed rule from President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security would create a harsh new standard for immigration officials to decide whether to let immigrants lawfully in the United States stay here and let those seeking legal entry come and...

Toddler walking down path with parents
September 14, 2018

After several years of lower poverty rates, higher income, and broader health coverage, gains slowed — and in some cases stalled — in the states in 2017, new Census data show. For example, fewer states reduced their share of people below the federal poverty line (about $25,000 for a family of four), according to...

Child Poverty Fell in Fewer States in 2017 Than 2016
September 13, 2018

The benefits from the nation’s continuing economic recovery haven’t been shared equally across racial and ethnic groups, and even the gains that we’ve seen are slowing, new Census Bureau data show. That heightens the need for states to advance policies that can tear down racial and ethnic barriers to economic opportunity.

Building strong, thriving state economies and communities...

Family of Three
September 12, 2018

Economic security programs like SNAP (food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and Social Security kept millions of people above the poverty line in 2017, the new Census figures show. President Trump and the House Budget Committee have called for deep cuts in several of the programs that, the data...

Federal Low-Income Programs Lift Millions Out of Poverty
September 6, 2018

A growing number of low-income families and children are going without nutrition and health services due to immigration-related fears, health providers are warning, with potential immediate and long-term impacts on children’s health.

Agencies overseeing the WIC nutrition program for low-income women, infants, and...

Family of Four
July 23, 2018

Barriers such as limited skills or work experience can get in the way for some who want to find and keep a job in both good and bad times. Although today’s official unemployment rate is low, many workers still have trouble finding jobs that pay enough to cover the basics. As we explain in...

Waiting in Line
June 18, 2018

With the House set to consider extensive changes in SNAP (formerly food stamps) in the farm bill this week, leading researchers Hilary Hoynes and Diane Schanzenbach have found that over the past 25 years, the safety net has become far more targeted to working families and families with incomes somewhat above the poverty line, while supports for...

Most Safety Net Spending Goes to Families With Earnings
June 4, 2018

A potential radical change to immigration policy by the Trump Administration could cause many families that include non-citizens to ...

Many Citizen Children Could Lose Health Coverage Under Potential Immigration Policy Change

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