Immigrant Well-Being in New York and Los Angeles

Brief

Immigrant Well-Being in New York and Los Angeles

Abstract

Despite their strong attachment to the labor force, large numbers of immigrants and their families in New York and Los Angeles have low incomes, lack health insurance, and are food insecure. The most powerful predictor of poverty and hardship is their limited English skills. Legal immigrants arriving after welfare reform's enactment in 1996--who have the most restricted access to public benefits--are poorer than immigrants arriving before the law's enactment.

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