HUD recently proposed a regulation that would directly undermine the wellbeing of low-income “mixed-status” immigrant families, including citizen children, by compelling those households to disband to continue receiving federally-assisted housing.
Today, Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and colleagues in the Senate, along with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA 40) and colleagues in the House, introduced the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act to protect children separated from their parents by immigration enforcement actions.
Many people know immigration agents aren’t supposed to arrest and apprehend people at places like schools, hospitals, and churches. It’s less widely known that early childhood programs are also protected.
States have reduced time-consuming administrative processes and improved state delivery systems by streamlining and simplifying public benefit programs. Unfortunately, the House farm bill would roll back these gains in SNAP, hurting hardworking families and burdening state officials.
Eleven states have asked permission from CMS to disenroll people who don’t work a certain number of hours each week or month. So far, three states Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas have received CMS approval. These states are embarking on work that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars and result in fewer people having health insurance.
The 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2, introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) on April 12, would profoundly undermine access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
April is Sexual Assault and Abuse Prevention Month. Advocating for "paid safe days" in paid sick days legislation is one way to provide job protection and financial stability for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
This week, the House Agriculture Committee will consider legislation to reauthorize SNAP. If enacted, Chairman Conway's proposed changes would add red tape to SNAP and endanger millions of people who are food insecure.
It's essential to center the voices, experiences, and promise of people in the criminal justice system. We need to redouble our commitment to eliminate barriers to opportunity when they return to our shared communities.