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Noncitizen Eligibility for Federal Public Assistance: Policy Overview and Trends
Ruth Ellen Wassem (au)
The extent to which residents of the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens should be eligible for federally funded public aid has been a contentious issue for more than a decade. This issue involves two major policy areas: immigration policy and welfare policy. The eligibility of noncitizens for public assistance programs is based on a complex set of rules that are determined largely by the type of noncitizen in question and the nature of services being offered. Over the past 16 years, Congress has enacted significant changes in U.S. immigration policy and welfare policy. This report discusses the four major federal means-tested benefit programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps); the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant programs; and Medicaid. Laws in place for the past 15 years restrict the eligibility of legal permanent residents (LPRs), refugees, asylees, and other noncitizens for most means-tested public aid. Noncitizensäó» eligibility for major federal means-tested benefits largely depends on their immigration status; whether they arrived (or were on a programäó»s rolls) before August 22, 1996, the enactment date of P.L. 104-193; and how long they have lived and worked in the U.S. Figures and tables. This is a print on demand report.
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