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Miren Uriarte

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When They Need Help The Most: Public Services For Immigrants, Miren Uriarte, Phillip Granberry Sep 2012

When They Need Help The Most: Public Services For Immigrants, Miren Uriarte, Phillip Granberry

Miren Uriarte

Ending unauthorized immigration is at the heart of current federal initiatives in both immigration and social policy. The intertwining of these two areas of policy is nowhere clearer than in the 1996 passage of both the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), better known as Welfare Reform, and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). Immigration status became a key point of differentiation in access to public benefits as cutbacks were instituted with the stated goal of curtailing undocumented immigration. The denial of public benefits to limit unauthorized immigration has a disproportionate impact on those groups ...