This fact sheet examines key health implications of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border, as of June 27, 2018. The practice came to light after implementation of the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy for individuals entering into the U.S. without authorization. Research shows that separating children from their parents exposes them to trauma and toxic stress that can have lifelong impacts on their health.
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New Brief Examines Potential Effects of Public Charge Changes on Health Coverage for Citizen Children
The Trump Administration is pursuing changes that, for the first time, would allow the federal government to take into account the use of federal health, nutrition, and other non-cash public programs, including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), when making a determination about whether someone is likely…
The Trump Administration is pursuing changes that, for the first time, would allow the federal government to take into account use of Medicaid, CHIP, subsidies for Marketplace coverage and other health, nutrition, and non-cash programs when making public charge determinations. These changes would likely lead to decreased participation in Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplace coverage, and other programs among legal immigrants and their citizen children, even though they would remain eligible.
Nearly 20 Million Children Live in Immigrant Families that Could Be Affected by Evolving Immigration Policies
President Trump has intensified national debate about immigration by implementing policies to enhance immigration enforcement and restrict legal immigration. Recent findings show that the climate surrounding these policies has significantly increased fear and uncertainty among immigrant families, broadly affecting families across different immigration statuses and locations. The effects extend to lawfully present immigrants, including lawful permanent residents or “green card” holders, and children in immigrant families, who are predominantly U.S.-born citizens. In particular, findings point to both short- and long-term negative consequences on the health and well-being of children in immigrant families.
Potential changes to public charge policies intended to reduce use of public programs by immigrant families, including their citizen children, could further increase strains on immigrant families and lead to losses in health coverage. To provide insight into the scope of potential impacts of continually evolving immigration policy on children, this data note provides nationwide and state-level estimates (Table 1) of citizen children living in immigrant families and the number currently covered by Medicaid/CHIP coverage.
In order to better understand the particular needs of immigrants both in recovering from and preparing for future storms, this analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation highlights the views and experiences of foreign-born residents who were living in 24 coastal Texas counties hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey. Specifically, the brief explores the financial circumstances of immigrants following the storm, as well as their health care access, social support, and top priorities for rebuilding and recovery efforts in their area.
Analysis: Immigrants Living along the Texas Gulf Coast Hit Hard Financially Following Hurricane Harvey
Immigrants living along the Texas Gulf Coast were more likely than their U.S.-born neighbors to suffer employment and income losses as a result of Hurricane Harvey (64% vs. 39%), a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation analysis finds. The analysis examines differences between immigrants and U.S.-born families based on a…
A draft version of a proposed rule by the Trump Administration would make changes to “public charge” policies that govern how use of public benefits may affect individuals’ immigration status. This fact sheet provides an overview of the proposed changes and their implications for legal immigrant families and their predominantly U.S.-born citizen children.
In September 2017, President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Without legislative or administrative action, individuals will lose their DACA status. Based on Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Current Population Survey data, this fact sheet examines key characteristics of young undocumented individuals eligible for DACA. It shows that most individuals eligible for DACA are healthy and have health coverage, reflecting that the large majority live in a family with at least one full-time worker. Loss of DACA status would result in individuals losing work authorization and potentially being targeted for deportation. Employers would likely terminate individuals as they lose work authorization, leading to job loss along with loss of health coverage. Without access to coverage through an employer, many individuals would likely become uninsured since they are not eligible to enroll in Medicaid or CHIP or to purchase coverage through the Marketplaces. Employment and coverage losses would lead to increased financial pressure and reduced access to care for individuals and their families, who may include citizen children.
Vivir en una Familia de Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos: Cómo el Miedo y el Estrés Tóxico Están Afectando la Vida Diaria, el Bienestar y la Salud
Este informe examina las experiencias de los padres y hijos de inmigrantes, incluidos los inmigrantes indocumentados y aquellos legalmente presentes, con las nuevas restricciones de inmigración y el aumento de las leyes de inmigración siendo perseguidos por la Administración de Trump que están reformando la política de inmigración del EE.UU.. Realizamos grupos focales con 100 padres de 15 países y 13 entrevistas con pediatras para obtener una idea de cómo el ambiente actual está afectando la vida diaria, el bienestar y la salud de las familias inmigrantes, incluidos sus hijos.
In Focus: Immigrant Families, Including Immigrants Lawfully in the U.S. and Those Who Are Undocumented, Report Rising Fear and Anxiety Affecting Their Daily Lives and Health
With the Trump administration pursuing new restrictions on immigration and increased immigration enforcement, the political and social climate for immigrant families has changed substantially over the last year. A new Kaiser Family Foundation report based on focus groups with immigrant families and interviews with pediatricians finds that immigrants from a…