Chilling Effects: The Expected Public Charge Rule and Its Impact on Legal Immigrant Families’ Public Benefits Use

Chilling Effects: The Expected Public Charge Rule and Its Impact on Legal Immigrant Families’ Public Benefits Use

Jeanne Batalova, Michael Fix, and Mark Greenberg, Migration Policy Institute ( June 2018)

The expected public charge rule could have wide-reaching effects on legal immigration to the United States and lead to a sharp drop in use of public benefits by legally present non-citizens and their dependents. This report analyzes use of public benefits by non-citizens, naturalized citizens, and the U.S. born to understand the potential magnitude of the draft proposed rule’s effects.

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