Tara Watson
WILLIAMS COLLEGE. Professor of Economics. Areas of expertise include Health Economics, Economic Demography, Urban Economics, Labor Economics, and Public Economics.

Will the Public Charge Rule Reduce Safety Net Expenditures?

January 8, 2020

The Issue:

Policy-makers worry about the financial burden of immigrants on the taxpayer funded safety net. The Trump administration’s August 2019 “public charge” guidance aims to discourage non-citizen participation in federal safety net programs and to deny admission to the country to those deemed likely

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SNAP Benefits and the Government Shutdown

January 23, 2019

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The Issue:

Millions of Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) to make ends meet. Though benefit payments have been made for February, the Federal appropriations lapse means that March payments may be in jeopardy.

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Proposed Immigration Rules and the Safety Net

April 3, 2018

The Issue:

Current law prevents people who are deemed likely to become a "public charge," that is, dependent upon government support, from becoming legal permanent residents of the United States. The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly proposing to expand the definition and determination of who is a public ...
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