TABLE 1

Restrictions on the Use of Federal Programs by Documented and Undocumented Immigrants

ProgramDocumentedUndocumented
Child care and development fund subsidiesEligibleNot eligible
Federal earned income tax creditEligibleNot eligible
Food stampsNo restrictions for children; adults barred for 5 yNot eligible
Housing assistance (public housing)EligibleNot eligible
Public health insurance (Medicaid and SCHIP)EligibleNot eligible
Supplemental Security IncomeBarred from benefitNot eligible
Temporary Assistance for Needy FamiliesBarred for 5 yNot eligible
Unemployment insuranceEligibleNot eligible
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and ChildrenEligibleVaries by state
School lunchEligibleEligible
Emergency MedicaidEligibleEligible
  • Data source: Peninsula Family Advocacy Program, personal communication, 2009.