Immigrants & Public Benefits
What Must States & Localities Provide?
Public benefits for noncitizens are a source of great controversy, but exactly what public benefits do noncitizens receive? The Equal Protection Clause generally requires that states and localities give noncitizens the same benefits as citizens. But Congress sometimes requires that states and localities treat noncitizens differently. This Explainer reviews the laws that govern this complicated area, and offers resources for people trying to navigate it.
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