Securing the Future: US Immigrant Integration Policy, A Reader
Edited by Michael Fix
Paperpack, 192 pages
At a time when most of the growth in the US labor force will have to come from immigration, and more than one in five US children live in immigrant families, federal policymakers are giving little thought to the integration of these newcomers or to their community impacts. Further, their arrival occurs as the influence of many of the most important institutions that have promoted immigrant integration in the past—urban schools, unions, and political parties— is declining.
Securing the Future seeks to define what policymakers and scholars mean by integration while attempting to sketch the contours of US integration policy. The volume reviews evidence of immigrants’ integration by examining the progress of the second generation, as well as trends in education, health, the workforce, and citizenship. The book concludes by discussing key elements of a national integration policy, noting several issues raised by current debates over immigration reform.
The volume is a synthesis of research prepared for the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future, convened by MPI in cooperation with the Manhattan Institute and the Division of United States Studies and the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The volume is also the first publication for MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Immigrant Integration and Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Overview
Part I: Defining the Integration Vision
Chapter 2: Immigrant Integration — The American Experience
Chapter 3: From Immigrant to Citizen
Today’s Second Generation: Getting Ahead or Falling Behind?
Part II: The Current State of Rights and Services
Chapter 5: Immigrant Rights, Integration, and the Common Good
Chapter 6: Federal Spending on Immigrant Families’ Integration
Part III: Key Policy Issues
Access to Health Care and Health Insurance: Immigrants and Immigration
Chapter 8: Improving Immigrant Workers’ Economic Prospects: A Review of the Literature
Chapter 9: Educating the Children of Immigrants
Chapter 10: Designing an Impact Aid Program for Immigrant Settlement
Appendix I: Major Legislative Milestones in US Immigration History
Appendix II: Access to Health Care after Immigration Reform: Lessons from New York
Appendix III: New Americans: Selected Facts on Naturalization and Birthright Citizenship
About the Editor and Contributors
About the Migration Policy Institute