The Trump administration's immigration crackdown may be leading to an unintended consequence: a drop-off in benefits enrollment among legal Hispanic immigrants. An immigration program called Secure Communities, which was rolled out during the Obama administration, is linked to a lower take-up of benefits such as food stamps and health care enrollment, according to a recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The researchers found Hispanic households were particularly hard-hit, even those with legal immigration status. "We find evidence that our results may be driven by deportation fear rather than lack of benefit information or stigma," wrote Marcella Alsan of Stanford Medical School and Crystal Yang of Harvard Law School in the paper. Mixed-status households -- or families with citizens as well as legal and illegal immigrants -- suffered from lower take-up of benefits when Secure Communities was in effect, the researchers found. That could … [Read more...] about Legal U.S. immigrants may be scared to sign up for benefits
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NEW YORK – Politicians seizing on immigrants as an election issue. Newspaper headlines calling for action. Talk of legislation to institute a ban. If viewers of "The Chinese Exclusion Act" documentary end up with a sense of deja vu between the film's subject, a law from 1882 that barred Chinese people from coming to the United States, and current events, that's pretty much the point, according to its filmmakers. "The 'A-Ha!' for anybody coming to it ... is oh, there's a history to how we have decided who can come and when they can come, who's a citizen and who's not a citizen," said documentarian Ric Burns, who made the film with Li-Shin Yu. It airs on the PBS television series "American Experience" on Tuesday. The Chinese Exclusion Act was America's first and only immigration act that barred people from a specific country from coming to the United States. After its initial enactment for a 10-year period in 1882, it was regularly renewed and then made permanent in 1904. It was … [Read more...] about Film explores Chinese Exclusion Act as U.S. immigration ‘DNA’
TIJUANA, Mexico - Central American migrants traveling in the caravan that has prompted angry tweets from President Trump arrived at a border crossing near San Diego on Sunday afternoon, depleted in number but defiant about their right to request asylum. Wearing white armbands to identify themselves, the first few dozen people, mostly women and children, tried to come through the San Ysidro port of entry in the late afternoon, at the end of an expedition that started more than a month ago and 2,500 miles south of here. But as the sun set in Tijuana, none from the group had been allowed on the U.S. side or processed by border officials, according to organizers accompanying the migrants. If they eventually succeed in entering U.S. custody, the migrants will be at the beginning of a perhaps longer and more complicated journey through the immigration court system, where the odds will be stacked against them. Trump has made this caravan a symbol of a porous border and lax immigration laws. … [Read more...] about At end of migrant caravan on U.S. border, families fear what comes next
By April 2, 2018, 7:53 AM EDT President Donald Trump said Mexico has "absolute power" to stop a caravan of Central American refugees from entering their country, a day after he threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement over the flow of people and drugs into the U.S."Mexico has the absolute power not to let these large ‘Caravans’ of people enter their country," Trump said in a Twitter posting on Monday. "They must stop them at their Northern Border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws."BuzzFeed has reported that a "caravan" of Central American immigrants led by Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, has been making its way north in a march toward the U.S. border to seek asylum.Trump on Monday also declared as “dead” an effort to strike a deal to assist immigrants brought to the country illegally as minors, and repeated a … [Read more...] about Trump Calls on Mexico to Stop Immigrant Caravan From Entering U.S.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 26, 2018, 10:14 PM EDT Updated on March 27, 2018, 7:58 AM EDT Washington (AP) -- The Commerce Department says the 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status, a move that brought a swift response by the California attorney general to oppose it.Commerce says in a press release issued Monday night that the citizenship data will help the Justice Department enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voting rights.But opponents say the question will discourage immigrants from responding to the census. A coalition of state attorneys general urged the Commerce Department last month to not add such a question, saying it could lower participation among immigrants and cause a population undercount.The decennial census helps determine political representation in Congress, federal funding of programs and other matters.Commerce says that between 1820 and 1950, almost every decennial census asked a question on citizenship in … [Read more...] about 2020 U.S. Census to Add Question on Citizenship Status