Immigrant Communities and the Public Charge Rule

Sarah Horton, Whitney Duncan, and Kristin Yarris, Anthropology News (October 29,2018)

This paper addresses ways in which immigrant communities have been impacted by the proposed Public Charge Rule. Different accounts are detailed in which families have made decisions to avoid the use of health care; even for children who are U.S. citizens. Anthropologists are encouraged to document these “chilling effects” and to stay alert to how public charge anxiety influences people’s engagement with local services.

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