"Chilling effect" from proposed immigration rule driving avoidance of public assistance

By Bridget Balch

"Even in advance of the implementation of the rule, some organizations providing public assistance to immigrants have reported a “chilling effect,” where some recipients have disenrolled from assistance programs for fear that it could hurt their immigration status, said Madison Hardee, a senior policy analyst for CLASP.

“Many immigrant parents are choosing not to enroll their children,” in spite of the fact that the DHS said it will not consider benefits received by U.S. citizen children in its public charge assessments, Hardee added."

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