TANF & Immigrants in Texas: Lessons for Reauthorization

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Anne Dunkelberg /(512) 320-0222 x 102
Eva DeLuna Castro /(512) 320-0222 x 103
Celia Cole /(512) 320-0222 x110
Dayna Finet
Patrick Bresette

February 2, 2002

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The 1996 federal welfare law created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and contained sweeping changes to immigrants' eligibility for basic cash assistance and other social support programs. Significant restrictions on eligibility were imposed and additional requirements for access to benefits were added.