The new rule proposed by Department of Homeland Security could have serious impacts on child poverty.
Child poverty continues to be an issue in the country, with over 17% of children living below the poverty line. The data shows that children in immigrant families are more likely to be in low-income status than american-born families. The new rule could disqualify immigrants (including legal immigrants) from getting their green card if they ever use public assistance programs for food, housing, healthcare, etc.
The proposed public charge rule would result in the effects of poverty being dramatically worse on immigrant kids, and it could have serious long-term impact on the nation.
It's important to note that there are two sides of the story, and everyone should review the different viewpoints available.
However, the fear and uncertainty created by the policy changes could lead to immigrant families disenrolling from important public programs that reduce child poverty. The proposed public charge rule would result in the effects of poverty being dramatically worse on immigrant kids, and it could have serious long-term impact on the nation. This could have very serious effects -- even as stated in the proposal for the rule change itself:
“Disenrollment or foregoing enrollment in public benefits program by aliens otherwise eligible for these programs could lead to:
Worse health outcomes, including increased prevalence of obesity and malnutrition, especially for pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants, or children, and reduced prescription adherence;
Increased use of emergency rooms and emergent care as a method of primary health care due to delayed treatment;
Increased prevalence of communicable diseases, including among members of the U.S. citizen population who are not vaccinated;
Increases in uncompensated care in which a treatment or service is not paid for by an insurer or patient; and
Increased rates of poverty and housing instability; and
Reduced productivity and educational attainment.”
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