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Amid Confusion Over the Public Charge Rule, Immigrant Families Continued Avoiding Public Benefits in 2019   [open pdf - 280KB]

From the Document: "The current administration's new 'public charge' rule took effect in February 2020, significantly expanding the criteria for determining whether applicants for permanent residency, or green cards, may be denied based on past or potential use of government benefit programs. Even before the rule took effect, evidence shows the proposed rule produced widespread chilling effects nationally, meaning eligible immigrant families-- including those who would not be subject to the rule--avoided enrolling in public benefit programs for fear of immigration consequences (Bernstein et al. 2019; Bernstein, McTarnaghan, and Gonzalez 2019; Straut-Eppsteiner 2020; Tolbert, Artiga, and Pham 2019). This phenomenon has become even more alarming during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, in which many immigrant families are vulnerable to acute medical and economic hardship. Families may avoid medical care and public supports for fear of being deemed a public charge, despite formal clarification by the federal government that COVID-19 testing and treatment will not be considered."

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