One out of every four low-income children in the United States lives in an immigrant family.  The Center works to ensure that legal immigrants and children living in immigrant families have the same access as other Americans to public programs designed to help low-income working families. The Center also conducts research and analysis on the health and economic well-being of immigrants in the United States.

New Charges About How House Children’s Health Bill Affects Undocumented Immigrants Are False
8/1/07
Robert Greenstein
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Analysis of Sessions Amendment to Deny the EITC to People Working Here Legally As A Result of the Senate Immigration Bill (Amendment # 1234)
Revised 6/7/07
Aviva Aron-Dine
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Analysis of Sessions Amendment to Deny the EITC to Many Legal Permanent Residents (Amendment # 1235)
6/6/07
Aviva Aron-Dine and Sharon Parrott
HTML, PDF, 4pp.

CBO Estimate Shows the Senate Immigration Bill's Budget Impact Is Very Modest
Revised 6/6/07
James Horney
HTML PDF, 4pp.

Ensign Amendment Would Undercut Immigration Bill Goals by Imposing Unaffordable Tax Burdens on Many Immigrants
6/1/07
Aviva Aron-Dine and John Wancheck
HTML PDF, 6pp.

Reducing Disparities in Health Coverage for Legal Immigrant Children and Pregnant Women
4/20/07
Leighton Ku
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

Loss of SSI Aid Is Impoverishing Thousands of Refugees: Congress Could Prevent Further Hardship
2/8/07
Zoë Neuberger
HTML, PDF, 13pp.

CBO Analysis Finds Increased Revenues Would Offset Increased Entitlement Costs under Senate Immigration Bill: Often-Cited Cost Figure of $126 Billion Reflects Misreading of the CBO Report
Robert Greenstein, Leighton Ku, James Horney, and Richard Kogan
9/15/06
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Why Immigrants Lack Adequate Access to Health Care and Health Insurance
Leighton Ku on behalf of the Migration Policy Institute
9/1/06
HTML

Increases in Federal Revenues under Senate Immigration Bill Would More Than Offset Increased Costs for Federal Benefit Programs
Aviva Aron-Dine and Robert Greenstein
8/1/06
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

CBO Analysis Shows Heritage Foundation Claims on the Cost of Immigration Reform Are Greatly Exaggerated:
Net Costs May Be Close to a Wash, Not $30 Billion Per Year

Leighton Ku and Stacy Dean
Revised 5/25/06
HTML, PDF, 5pp.

The EITC Should Not Be Denied to Workers Who Are Working Here Legally and Paying Taxes
Robert Greenstein, Aviva Aron-Dine, Allison Orris, and Isaac Shapiro
Revised 5/24/06
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

Survey Indicates Deficit Reduction Act Jeopardizes Medicaid Coverage for 3 to 5 Million U.S. Citizens
Leighton Ku
Revised 2/17/06
Full Report: HTML, PDF, 9pp.
Fact Sheet: HTML, PDF, 2pp.

House Budget Reconciliation Bill Would Harm People With Disabilities
Eileen Sweeney and Sharon Parrott
12/8/05
HTML, PDF, 7pp.

Key Questions for Judging the Outcome of House-Senate Reconciliation Negotiations
Isaac Shapiro, Sharon Parrott, and Robert Greenstein
12/8/05
HTML, PDF, 12pp.

House Reconciliation Bill Targets Food Stamp Program For Cuts
Dorothy Rosenbaum, Stacy Dean, and Zoë Neuberger
Revised 12/6/05
HTML, PDF, 12pp.

Cuts In House Budget Bill Aimed At Low-Income Families Reduced By Only 2%; Other 98% Of Cuts Remain Changes Made Before the Vote Were Very Small
Robert Greenstein and Sharon Parrott
Revised 12/5/05
HTML, PDF, 3pp.

CBO Information Shows Passed House Budget Bill Would Hit the Poor Hard
Robert Greenstein, Sharon Parrott, and Isaac Shapiro
Revised 12/5/05
24K-HTML, 41K-PDF, 2pp.

President Bush Embraces House Budget: Official "Statement Of Administration Policy" Raises No Concerns About Cuts In Programs For Low-Income Families
11/18/05
HTML, PDF, 2pp.

Supposed Easing Of House Food Stamp Immigrant Cut Turns Out To Be Largely Cosmetic: Change Retains Full Cut, Merely Phases It In Over Several Years
11/10/05
14K-HTML, 43K-PDF, 2pp.

House Agriculture Committee Reconciliation Package Targets Food Stamp Program for Cuts
Stacy Dean and Dorothy Rosenbaum
Revised 11/8/05
35K-HTML, 44K-PDF, 7pp.

Unshared Sacrifice: Who’s Hurt, Who’s Helped, and What’s Spared Under the Emerging House Budget Reconciliation Plan
Sharon Parrott and Isaac Shapiro
Revised 11/2/05
44K-HTML, 75K-PDF, 9pp.
Fact Sheet: 46K-HTML, 10K-PDF, 1pp.

Public Benefits: Easing Poverty and Ensuring Medical Coverage
Arloc Sherman
Revised 8/17/05
68K-HTML, 96K-PDF, 10pp.

Supplemental Security Income: Supporting People With Disabilities and the Elderly Poor
Eileen P. Sweeney and Shawn Fremstad
Revised 8/17/05
156K-HTML, 207-PDF, 8pp.

Federal Policy for Immigrant Children: Room for Common Ground?
Ron Haskins, Mark Greenberg, and Shawn Fremstad
12/13/04
View the report on The Brookings Institution website

Covering New Americans: A Review of Federal and State Policies Related to Immigrants' Eligibility and Access to Publicly Funded Health Insurance
Shawn Fremstad and Laura Cox
11/15/04
View the report on Kaiser's web site

The Impact of the Seven-Year Limit on Refugees’ Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income
Shawn Fremstad
5/17/04
67K-HTML, 110K-PDF, 5pp.

The Applicability of “Public Charge” Rules to Legal Immigrants Who Are Eligible For Public Benefits
Shawn Fremstad
4/15/04
79K-HTML, 88K-PDF, 11pp.

The President's Proposal to Extend SSI Eligibility For Refugees and Other Humanitarian Immigrants
Shawn Fremstad
2/4/04
25K-HTML, 30K-PDF, 2pp.

Fact Sheet: SSI Benefits Being Cut Off for Many Refugees Who are Elderly or Disabled

John Springer
11/21/03
22K-HTML, 25K-PDF, 2pp.

Thousands of Refugees Who are Elderly or Disabled Could Lose Supplemental Security Income in the Coming Months
Shawn Fremstad
Revised 11/14/03
70K-HTML, 59K-PDF, 11pp.

Report Documents Growing Disparities in Health Care Coverage Between Immigrant and Citizen Children as Congress Debates Immigrant Care Legislation
Leighton Ku
10/14/03
65K-HTML, 29K-PDF, 3pp.

Noncitizens' Use Of Public Benefits Has Declined Since 1996
Leighton Ku, Shawn Fremstad, and Matthew Broaddus
4/14/03
55K-HTML, 68K-PDF, 14pp.

Press Release: Immigrants' Use Of Public Benefits Has Declined Substantially Since 1996: CIS Report Exploits Loose Definitions to Paint Misleading Picture
3/26/03
16K-HTML, 25K-PDF, 2pp.

Immigrants, Persons With Limited Proficiency in English, And The TANF Program: What Do We Know? (PDF)
Shawn Fremstad
3/18/03
Summary: 17K-HTML, Full Report: 517K-PDF, 86pp.

Immigrants and Welfare Reauthorization
Shawn Fremstad
1/22/02
50K-HTML, 77K-PDF, 13pp.

The INS Public Charge Guidance: What Does it Mean For Immigrants Who Need Public Assistance?
Shawn Fremstad
7/01/00
56K-HTML

New Federal Food Stamp Restoration for Legal Immigrants: Implications and Implementation Issues
Jennifer Daskal and Kelly Carmody
10/07/98
Summary: 12K-HTML, Full Report:165K-PDF, 45pp.

The Ag. Research Act Restores Food Stamps to Some Vulnerable Immigrants
David Super
6/29/98
5K-HTML

A Guide to Estimate the Cost of a State-Funded Food Stamps Program for Legal Immigrants
Jennifer Daskal and Kelly Carmody
4/12/97
99K-HTML

States Now Have The Option to Purchase Food Stamps to Provide Food Assistance to Legal Immigrants
Stacy Dean
4/12/97
23K-HTML

Child Health Expansions Should Begin with Medicaid Restorations for Legal Immigrant Children and for Disabled Children Losing SSI Benefits
July 1997, 5pp.
pub#: 97-091, $3.00

Misperceptions and Realities: Immigrants on SSI
Jennifer Daskal
June 1997, 7pp.
pub#: 97-055, $3.00

House Subcommittee Proposal Regarding Legal Immigrants Would Violate Budget Agreement and Cause Hardship
Stacy Dean and Bob Greenstein
6/16/97
13K-HTML
pub#: 97-058, $3.00

The Administration's Proposals To Ease Some of the Welfare Law's Harshest Provisions
Robert Greenstein and Wendell Primus
4/11/97, 18pp.
58K-HTML
pub#: 97-027, $4.00

Why Can't All Immigrants be Cared for by Sponsors?
Jennifer Daskal
4/19/97
12K-HTML
pubs#: 97-038, $3.00

The Implementation of the New Restrictions on Legal Immigrants' Eligibility for Food Stamps
David Super
April 1997, 2 pp.
pub#: 97-033, $3.00

Disabled Immigrants: Rules on Naturalization and Benefits
Jennifer Daskal
April 1997, 2pp.
pubs#: 97-037, $3.00

States and Legal Immigrants: Does a Block Grant Make Sense?
David A. Super and Jennifer Daskal
4/30/97
62K-HTML