Assessing Implementation of the 2002 Farm Bill's Legal Immigrant Food Stamp Restorations

Research Report

Assessing Implementation of the 2002 Farm Bill's Legal Immigrant Food Stamp Restorations

Final Report to the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Abstract

The 2002 Farm Bill's legal immigrant eligibility restorations took place against a backdrop of high, steady levels of immigration. By the end of 2003, short-term targets for increased non-citizen participation in the Food Stamp Program had been met -- over 150,000 legal immigrants were added to the rolls across eight study states (well on schedule to meet the goal of enrolling 400,000 legal immigrants nationally by 2006). While the Farm Bill represents a significant policy success in terms of supplanting the legal immigrant restrictions of PRWORA, substantial barriers to immigrant food stamp participation remain.

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