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This handbook contains five research papers and extensive reference materials on general immigration, immigrant policy, and related federal and state programs. Immigration and Immigrant Policy (Jonathan C. Dunlap) presents an historical overview of U.S. immigration, 1820s-1980s; defines various immigrant statuses and eligibility of each for federal programs; and describes the roles and responsibilities of federal, state and local governments, and the courts. Health Care Issues for New Americans (Jonathan C. Dunlap, Fay Hutchinson) discusses immigrants' access to health care, public health issues related to immigration, mental health of refugees, and language and culture issues in service delivery. Employment and Training Programs for Immigrants and Refugees (Ann Morse) describes the Job Training Partnership Act and other federally funded training programs for disadvantaged adults and youth, training programs targeted at specific immigrant populations, licensing of foreign-born professionals, and unmet needs for English classes and other educational services. Community Relations and Ethnic Diversity (Ann Morse, Jonathan Dunlap) discusses public opinion about immigration, cultural diversity, and assimilation; language issues; community coalitions; incentives for citizenship; multilingual outreach programs; and mass media effects. Federal Retrenchment, State Burden: Delivering Targeted Assistance to Immigrants (Wendy Zimmerman) examines concentrations of immigrants and refugees in certain states; state costs; reductions in public assistance, language and job training, and health and social services; and implications for policy reform. Appendices contain a chronology of federal immigration legislation and a directory of immigrant policy contacts by state. This handbook contains 70 selected references, additional references in each chapter, and an index. (SV)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Access to Health Care, Adult Education, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Health Services, Immigrants, Immigration, Job Training, Public Policy, Refugees, Social Services, State Programs

Author: Morse, Ann, Ed.


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