Immigration Rules Change Could Mean More Kids Separated From Parents

By Sara Tiano

Anti-poverty and children’s advocates are bracing for the fallout of proposed federal policy changes that would slash access to the social safety net for immigrant families, which could result in more children entering foster care.

“Any proposal that undermines the economic stability of families — which is exactly what this does — puts families at increased risk of involvement with the child welfare system,” said Wendy Cervantes, a senior policy analyst at The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

The new policy, promulgated in a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) by the Department of Homeland Security, would penalize immigrants who take advantage of more than one public benefit. Under the rule, tapping into more than one benefit would be weighed negatively in applications for green cards and temporary visas.

Read the full article by The Chronicle of Social Change here.