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Undocumented U.S. Immigrants and COVID-19

ARTICLE: Undocumented U.S. Immigrants and COVID-19

AUTHORS: Kathleen R. Page, Maya Venkataramani, Chris Beyrer and Sarah Polk

 JOURNAL: N Engl J Med. 2020 Mar 27. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2005953. [Epub ahead of print]

In 2019, as the “public charge” rule made its way through the U.S. court system, many low-income immigrant parents of American children in the Johns Hopkins pediatric practice asked our case managers to disenroll their children from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), fearing it would affect their chances of obtaining legal status in the future or lead to deportation. The new public charge rule, which went into effect on February 24, 2020, states that “aliens are inadmissible to the United States if they are unable to care for themselves without becoming public charges” ( opens in new tab).

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