Refugees Face Loss of Federal Cash Assistance

Disabled and elderly people originally admitted to the U.S. as refugees could lose federal cash assistance today, October 1, 2010. Under a new law, they have to be American citizens in order to receive some benefits.

For people like 86-year-old Philippe Kaninda, who doesn’t speak English and suffers from dementia, passing the citizenship test seems impossible.

Produced for KQED Public Radio’s The California Report.

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