EXPANDING IMMIGRANT ACCESS

We advocate in Congress for immigrant access to critical health care, nutrition, housing, and economic support programs. For 25 years, immigrants with green cards and other lawful immigration statuses have been denied access to federal health care, nutrition, housing, and other programs for their first five years in the United States, despite paying federal taxes during that period. That’s because in 1996, Congress passed restrictive welfare and immigration legislation that created unnecessary barriers, including an arbitrary five-year waiting period—often referred to as “the five-year bar.” Now, Congress has the opportunity to fix this injustice and restore access to public benefits by passing the LIFT the BAR Act.

The LIFT the BAR Act restores access to public programs like Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP, by removing the five-year bar and other barriers that deny critical care and aid to people who are lawfully present and their families.

PIF, coalition partners, and allies are advocating for Congress to move this legislation forward to help immigrant families access quality healthcare, nutritious food, safe homes, and economic security.