Federal Policies Restrict Immigrant Children's Access to Key Public Benefits

Dinan, Kinsey Alden

The federal government sets U.S. immigration policies that regulate the flow of immigrants into the United States. The federal government also bears primary responsibility for immigrant policies that determine the treatment of immigrants within the nation, although in recent years much of this responsibility has been shifted onto the states. Both types of policies have important implications for the economic security of immigrant families and set the context for state and local policy choices regarding immigrant children and their 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