Tag: Welfare (US)

Disabled Americans Are Losing a Lifeline

At a time when the pandemic has hit the disabled and elderly the hardest, they also face the erosion of a critical income lifeline, Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I.). The program has collapsed during the pandemic: From July to November 2020, the Social Security Administration awarded benefits to about 100,000 fewer individuals compared with the same […]

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Foster Care Was Always Tough. Covid-19 Made It Tougher.

The last step in the long journey to adopt a child through the foster care system is the courtroom finalization. Though mostly a formality, it’s traditionally provided an important opportunity for loved ones to gather and pose for pictures as a judge blesses the creation of a new “forever family” with a smack of the […]

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A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry

HOUSTON — The cars began filing into the parking lot shortly after 6 a.m., snaking around police officers who directed traffic to masked volunteers standing ready with boxes of frozen pizza, tortillas and brown bags of canned food. The coronavirus pandemic pushed many of the hundreds of families to the drive-through food pantry, but among […]

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Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Rule Is Vacated by Federal Judge

A federal judge on Monday ordered the Trump administration to vacate a policy that allowed officials to deny green cards to immigrants who might need public assistance, such as food stamps and housing vouchers, saying it exceeded the authority of the executive branch. In a 14-page ruling, Judge Gary Feinerman of the U.S. District Court […]

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The American Dream Is Tax Reform’s Biggest Obstacle

Much of the commentary on the fresh revelations about President Trump’s tax returns has focused on how they illustrate the vulnerability of the federal tax system to exploitation by the ultrarich. This is for good reason: Mr. Trump aggressively used a set of tax breaks popular with real estate developers to pay no taxes in […]

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The Coronavirus Generation

Three decades ago, a team of researchers at Duke University set off to follow a group of schoolchildren in a stretch of rural North Carolina that happened to include a small reservation. Soon after, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opened a casino and began sharing the profits, about $4,000 per adult each year, with […]

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Judge Halts Trump’s Wealth Test for Green Cards Over Coronavirus Pandemic

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration on Wednesday from moving forward with plans to deny green cards to immigrants who have received Medicaid, food stamps or housing vouchers, even on a limited basis — a wealth test challenged by New York and other states in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The judge, George B. […]

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