SP2 Speaker Series
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Evidence for a New Chilling Effect? The 2016 presidential election and participation in food and nutrition assistance among noncitizen households
Presented by Daniel P. Miller, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor
Former President Trump’s campaign was characterized by decidedly hostile rhetoric towards immigrants. As a result, his election ushered in concerns that immigrant households might withdraw from participation in public benefits due to fear or stigma, a phenomenon referred to as a “chilling effect.” Recent research and news media reports appear to legitimatize this concern. Daniel P. Miller, PhD worked to assess whether Trump’s election decreased immigrant households’ participation in food and nutrition assistance programs and whether chilling effects were evident in states with larger foreign-born populations and in states with policies that are more generous to immigrants. In this presentation he will discuss his research and findings, delving into whether the 2016 Trump Election (and some policy proposals that followed soon thereafter) decreased immigrant participation in SNAP and other food and nutrition assistance programs.