During the Covid-19 pandemic, families aren’t pursuing benefits they qualify for, fearing that a Trump administration rule will affect the chances of an immigrant family member to get a green card or U.S. citizenship.
A study by the Urban Institute, an economic and social policy think tank, found that about 1 in 7 adults in immigrant families, 13.6 percent, reported not having enrolled in programs like Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and housing subsidies last year — even though they or their relatives were eligible — because of worries that it would affect their legalization efforts.
Karin, 42, who asked to be identified by only her first name to avoid government attention, is one of them. Karin, who works as a housekeeper, has lived in Los Angeles for 15 years after having fled violence in Guatemala. She