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The Proposed Public Charge Rule is an Attack on Family-Based Immigration

Family unity is often a key motivation for immigration. Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters who seek to sponsor their immediate family members may do so via a policy commonly known as family unification or...

The Proposed Public Charge Rule Will Make Children Hungrier

When children don’t have enough to eat, it makes it harder for them to learn, grow, and thrive. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a proposed rule on the Federal Register  that...

2018 Children’s Budget Summit Highlights: It’s Time to Stop Shortchanging Our Children

Last week, First Focus hosted the 2018 Children’s Budget Summit to introduce the 11th annual release of its signature publication, Children’s Budget 2018, which captures recent spending trends across nearly 200 federal programs benefitting...

CDC Is Taking the Right Steps to Boost Vaccination Rates for the Most Vulnerable...

We are delighted that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is spending $880,000 over the next three years in Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana and New Mexico to develop registries for children and pregnant women...

Inside the Tornillo Shelter for Unaccompanied Children

The influx shelter or “tent city” located at the port of entry in Tornillo, TX is used to temporarily house unaccompanied children. I recently had the opportunity to tour the Tornillo shelter with a...

Despite Strong Economy, Census Data Shows That Child Poverty Remains High

Despite continual reports over steady growth and declining unemployment in our economy, yesterday the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 17.5 percent of children in the U.S. were living in poverty in 2017 (the official...

More Must Be Done to Address the Crisis of Maternal and Infant Mortality

The United States continues to be plagued by the tragic effects of maternal and infant mortality, particularly among African-American women and children. According to recent data however, one state has shown that there are...

Food Insecurity Data Underscores Importance of Farm Bill for Children

New data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that the nation’s children continue to experience food insecurity at higher rates than the general population. 12.5 million children—or 17 percent—lived in food insecure...
America Needs Children's Commisioner

Reading the News is a Constant Reminder of Why We Need a National Children’s...

I felt uneasy as I was doing my usual scroll through the daily news last week and read about child sexual abuse, child abuse in government facilities, and the failure of government agencies to...

How a New Rule on Short-Term Health Care Plans Jeopardizes the Health of Children...

Remember the relief and happiness so many Americans felt when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed because finally their health insurance would cover their pre-existing conditions, like asthma and cerebral palsy and cancer? Covering...

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