Thursday, May 23, 2019
Urban Institute: One in Seven Adults in Immigrant Families Reported Avoiding Public Benefit Programs in 2018
In the wake of the Trump administration’s restrictive proposed “public charge” rule, one in seven immigrant adults report foregoing public benefit programs out of fear that doing so would prevent them from securing a green card, according to new research from the Urban Institute.
“About one in seven adults in immigrant families (13.7 percent) reported ‘chilling effects,’ in which the respondent or a family member did not participate in a noncash government benefit program in 2018 for fear of risking future green card status. This figure was even higher, 20.7 percent, among adults in low-income immigrant families.”