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One in Seven Adults in Immigrant Families Reported Avoiding Public Benefit Programs in 2018

05.2019 / By Urban Institute

This report uses data from the December 2018 Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey to provide systematic evidence on the extent of chilling effects among immigrant families before release of a final public charge rule.

Beyond reducing future immigration numbers, there is widespread concern this revised public charge rule would have “chilling effects” on low-income immigrant families by discouraging them from applying for and receiving public benefits for which they are eligible, for fear of risking future green card status.