chapter  5
Toward Limits to Welfare and Family Reunification
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In the series of reports issued by President Bill Clinton’s Commission on Immigration Reform, it became obvious that various members of the Commission were divided about how to deal with welfare benefits for immigrants, or the exact ordering of family reunification categories. The two issues were linked: several studies had suggested that many persons who had come under family reunification categories seemed disproportionately prone to rely on public assistance. Exactly what should be done to address this pattern remained a matter of considerable disagreement. In June of 1995, in the Commission’s second series of published reports, the majority of members recommended modifying entire categories of family reunification visas, so as to exclude from these preference categories the adult unmarried sons and daughters of United States citizens, the adult married sons and daughters of permanent residents, the married sons and daughters of citizens, and siblings of United States citizens.