Protecting the Developmental Well-Being of Children of Immigrants in an Era of Harsh Immigration Policy
One in four children in the U.S. live with at least one immigrant parent. Their development and well-being are at considerable risk from harmful federal policy changes and the pervasive climate of fear these have engendered. There is robust evidence that suggests public safety-net benefit programs-including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program-have substantial positive impacts on youth development.
In this presentation, Ajay Chaudry will give an overview of the impacts of 1) the pre-existing policies on program benefit and 2) the enforcement climate and tightening restrictions on legal immigrants' access to public benefits on children and youth development. He will also discuss some of the policy responses states have adopted to potentially mitigate these adverse impacts.
Chaudry is a research scholar at NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. He is author of "Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality" and "Putting Children First: How low-wage working mothers manage child care." Prior to NYU Wagner, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, and Deputy Commissioner for Early Childhood Development at the NYC Administration for Children's Services.