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Restoring Food Stamp Benefits to Immigrants and Refugees in Oregon

Report

Executive Summary

Since the passage of federal welfare reform, many legal immigrants and refugees in Oregon are now ineligible for food stamps. Several states have chosen to exercise options available to states to increase food stamps for these families. Oregon has not.

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Restoring Food Stamp Benefits to Immigrants and Refugees in Oregon (PDF)

This paper discusses two options available to Oregon.

Senate Bill 797 has been introduced to accomplish the administrative rule change, although the Department of Human Services has the authority and capability to make the change without legislative action. The bill should be amended to fully restore food stamp benefits to immigrants and refugees in Oregon.