State Policies Can Promote Immigrant Children's Economic Security

Dinan, Kinsey Alden

Immigrant families' access to key public benefits—food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance, Supplementary Security Income (SSI), and public health insurance for children and parents—varies greatly based on where they live. Changes in federal policies over the last decade have left states with increased discretion to determine immigrants' access to these supports. States' choices, particularly in states with large or quickly growing immigrant populations, can make a significant impact on the economic security of children in immigrant families.

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National Center for Children in Poverty
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
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July 7, 2010