Safety Net Access in the Context of the Public Charge Rule

Brief

Safety Net Access in the Context of the Public Charge Rule

Voices of Immigrant Families

Abstract

To provide a window into chilling effects resulting from proposed changes to the public charge rule, this brief shares insights from in-depth interviews conducted in March 2019 with 25 adults in immigrant families who reported that they or a family member avoided participating in safety net programs like Medicaid, SNAP, or housing assistance in 2018 because of immigration concerns. The study highlights fear and confusion about the proposed public charge rule, a reliance on the media for information with few people seeking professional advice, and hardship for children and adults after losing access to public supports.

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