Welfare Use By Poor Noncitizen Households With Children Much Lower than Use By Citizen Households

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Welfare Use By Poor Noncitizen Households With Children Much Lower than Use By Citizen Households

March 31, 1999

Abstract

Even before welfare reform, poor noncitizen households with children received welfare at significantly lower rates than did their citizen counterparts. Most children in these households are U.S.-born citizens. Following welfare reform's enactment, use fell to half the rate of citizensa drop that could be attributed to confusion over eligibility and noncitizens' fears of the possible consequences of applying for programs.

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