State Immigration Legislation and SNAP Take-Up Among Immigrant Families with Children
Children living with immigrant parents represent the fastest-growing segment of the under-18 population in the United States. Immigrant-family children are much more likely to experience economic deprivation than native-family children. Research shows that immigrant families eligible for federal and state income and work supports, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), access them at significantly lower rates than do native families. This study constructs an econometric model to identify variables associated with SNAP take-up among eligible immigrant families with citizen children. The results suggest broad-based state legislation restricting immigrant rights reduces program participation among these families. Stronger outreach efforts by state program administrators to promote SNAP among immigrant groups and make it easier for working parents to enroll in the program might encourage greater participation among eligible immigrant families in this important social safety net program.
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