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Collateral Damage: SOUTHEAST ASIAN POVERTY IN THE UNITED STATES

Collateral Damage: SOUTHEAST ASIAN POVERTY IN THE UNITED STATES Page 55 Collateral Damage S O U T H E A S T A S I A N P O V E R T Y I N T H E U N I T E D S TAT E S On 22 August 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). Once fully implemented, this act has the potential to destroy the means of subsistence of millions of working and jobless poor who will be removed from all federal assistance programs granted under the Social Security Act by the year 2002.1 Yet the damaging effects of PRWORA have already been felt. Those who were targeted to suffer the most immediate and lifethreatening cuts to the welfare state were “legal,” green-card-holding immigrants receiving federal aid through the Social Security Administration (SSA). In September 1997, states began implementing their specific plans to remove immigrants from SSA-administered Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the disabled and elderly, and food stamps for dependent, immigrant children. Following this initial immigrant removal, federal cash assistance programs, namely Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), will be drastically reduced and eventually eliminated for both citizens and immigrants within http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Text Duke University Press

Collateral Damage: SOUTHEAST ASIAN POVERTY IN THE UNITED STATES

Social Text , Volume 18 (1 62) – Mar 1, 2000

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2000 by Duke University Press
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0164-2472
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1527-1951
DOI
10.1215/01642472-18-1_62-55
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Page 55 Collateral Damage S O U T H E A S T A S I A N P O V E R T Y I N T H E U N I T E D S TAT E S On 22 August 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). Once fully implemented, this act has the potential to destroy the means of subsistence of millions of working and jobless poor who will be removed from all federal assistance programs granted under the Social Security Act by the year 2002.1 Yet the damaging effects of PRWORA have already been felt. Those who were targeted to suffer the most immediate and lifethreatening cuts to the welfare state were “legal,” green-card-holding immigrants receiving federal aid through the Social Security Administration (SSA). In September 1997, states began implementing their specific plans to remove immigrants from SSA-administered Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the disabled and elderly, and food stamps for dependent, immigrant children. Following this initial immigrant removal, federal cash assistance programs, namely Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), will be drastically reduced and eventually eliminated for both citizens and immigrants within

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