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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Comment to DHS on Identifying Barriers Across USCIS Benefits and Services

On May 19, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Request for Public Input, “Identifying Barriers Across U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Benefits and Services” published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2021. We urge the Department to undergo robust regulatory reform and participate in proactive community outreach […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Comment in Opposition of a Proposed Federal Rule That Would Change the Affidavit of Support Policy

On November 11th, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment in response to the proposed rulemaking that would change the Affidavit of Support policy. The proposed change would disregard immigrant sponsors’ incomes and require them to have a joint sponsor if they or a member of their household member have used public benefits – including Medicaid, CHIP, […]

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Maternal place of birth, socioeconomic characteristics, and child health in US-Born Latinx children in Boston

Abstract Objectives: Among US-born children of Latina US (USB) and Latina foreign-born mothers (FBM), to determine whether 1) household and child characteristics differ; 2) child health outcomes differ; 3) these differences diminish for children of FBM with longer duration of residence (DOR) in the US; and 4) these differences can be explained by food insecurity […]

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Constructing Invisible Walls through National and Global Policy

Worldwide 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day due to conflict and persecution. The factors that lead people to leave their home countries often originate with economic deprivation and violence, escalated to a level that becomes a struggle for survival. Climate change, as it has accelerated over the last three to four […]

Trends in Food Insecurity and SNAP Participation among Immigrant Families of U.S.-Born Young Children

Abstract: Immigrant families are known to be at higher risk of food insecurity compared to non-immigrant families. Documented immigrants in the U.S. <5 years are ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Immigration enforcement, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and policies negatively targeting immigrants have increased in recent years. Anecdotal reports suggest immigrant families forgo assistance, even […]

Statement on recent harmful policy developments

Consistent with our longstanding values and mission, Children’s HealthWatch remains committed to improving the health and well-being of young children and their families in the United States regardless of immigration status, country of origin, or religion. This statement reflects our deep concerns about the Executive Orders regarding immigration to the US and immigrants’ status in […]

Food Insecurity and Risk of Poor Health Among US-Born Children of Immigrants

This article investigated the risk of household food insecurity and reported fair or poor health among very young children who were US citizens and whose mothers were immigrants compared with those whose mothers had been born in the United States.  In a sample of 19,275 mothers (7,216 whom were immigrants) the risk of fair or poor […]

Breastfeeding and Health Outcomes among Citizen Infants of Immigrant Mothers

This article investigates the associations between breastfeeding and child health outcomes among citizen infants of immigrant mothers. In a sample of 3,592 immigrant mothers with infants aged 0-12 months, breastfed infants were less likely to be reported in fair/poor health and less likely to have history of hospitalizations compared to non-breastfed infants of immigrant mothers. […]

La alimentación y el bienestar de los ciudadanos estadounidenses más jóvenes de madres mexicanas, centroamericanas, y caribeñas

This study investigated the relationship between participation in federal nutrition and cash assistance programs and maternal and child well-being among immigrant households in the United States. The objective was to establish whether there were differences in well-being between US born families and immigrant families who come from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (Haiti, the […]

Hunger in young children of Mexican immigrant families

This article measures rates of hunger and food insecurity among young US-born Latino children with Mexican immigrant parents compared with a non-immigrant, non-Latino population.  A sample of 1,310 households with one parent born in Mexico was compared to a reference group of 1,805 non-Latino US-born participants.  Young Latino children had much higher rates of child hunger and […]