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BENEFITS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRANTS

american flagThe U.S. Constitution, in Article I, grants primacy over immigration policy to the federal government. States, however, are responsible for policies related to immigrants after they enter the United States. State legislatures have been testing “immigration federalism,” partly to assuage public concerns about immigration and partly to prod congressional action.

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LICENSES AND IMMIGRANTS

CarsEleven states and the District of Columbia enacted laws to allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain a driver’s licenses.

 

 

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COMMON IMMIGRATION TERMS

Common Immigration TermsThese definitions include commonly used terms for immigrants and the conditions for their admission to the United States, as well as new terms created under the 1996 welfare reform law. The definitions follow a continuum of permanent to temporary to unauthorized immigrants.
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BENEFITS FOR UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS

News signThis factsheet highlights federal programs that unauthorized immigrants may be eligible for.

 

 

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OVERVIEW | BENEFITS

What public benefits can immigrants access?  Here you can find a chart outlining federal benefits for legal immigrants (such as TANF and SNAP/food stamps) and a chart summarizing assistance available to unauthorized immigrants (such as K-12 public education and emergency health services).

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