The State of Federal Social Welfare Policy Under the Trump Administration

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This panel features a discussion of three developments in federal social welfare policy under the Trump administration: (1) work requirements imposed on SNAP recipients; (2) work requirements imposed on Medicaid recipients; and (3) anticipated regulatory changes to “public charge,” which would prevent non-citizens from obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status for using (or their U.S. Citizen dependents using) a broad range of government benefits and services, many of which function as work supports for low-wage workers, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and subsidized health insurance.  The panel examines these reforms in the historical context of welfare reform, including its emphasis on work requirements and the exclusion of immigrants, look at the recent Executive Order and legislative proposals on work rules and discuss strategies for addressing the changes, including litigation.

Jamila Michener, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University
David A. Super, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Mara Youdelman, Managing Attorney, National Health Law Program (NHeLP), D.C. Office 
Jackie Vimo, Economic Justice Policy Analyst, National Immigration Law Center 
Lynn D. Lu, Clinical Professor, CUNY School of Law 
Katharine Deabler, Staff Attorney, National Center on Law & Economic Justice

Susan Welber, Chair, Social Welfare Law Committee; Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society, Civil Practice Law Reform Unit

Sponsoring Committee:
Social Welfare Law Committee, Susan Welber, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, Victoria Neilson, Chair
International Human Rights Committee, Anil Kalhan, Chair
Civil Rights Committee, Philip Desgranges, Chair
Pro Bono and Legal Services, Alison King and Amy Barasch, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
City Bar Justice Center
New York Immigration Coalition
The Legal Aid Society
Make the Road NY