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Viewpoints and analysis from the CDF Policy team on issues impacting children. CDF’s policy advocacy focuses on the whole child because children don’t come in pieces. We seek to end child poverty and give every child a healthy start, a quality early childhood experience, a level education playing field, safe families and communities free from violence—with special attention to children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.


Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Dangerous Flores Rule

In more good news and another victory for immigrant children, a federal judge upheld a landmark 1997 court settlement governing the standards of care for immigrant children in U.S. custody, rejecting the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle protections for immigrant children and supplant them with regulations that would have had a devastating impact on children’s health, education and general welfare.

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Trump Administration Lifts Freeze on Medical Deferred Action

When the Department of Homeland Security notified Congress one week after the emergency hearing that it would reverse its misguided revocation of medical deferred action, it was, as Rep. Jamie Raskin, said, “[A] moment of good news.” That’s a moment of good news achieved by immigrant families, advocates and Congressional intervention. Here’s to many good moments to come.

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Tennessee Proposal to Restructure Its Medicaid Program Would Set a Dangerous Precedent

Tennessee released a plan last Tuesday to fundamentally restructure its Medicaid program, known as TennCare. If the proposal were to be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the state would become the first in the country to convert Medicaid to a block grant and this would set a dangerous precedent for other states to follow suit.

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