ERIC Number: ED362586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Needed: A Federal Role in Helping Communities Cope with Immigration. RAND Reprint. Program for Research on Immigration Policy.
The key dimensions of issues related to the integration of successive waves of immigrants are outlined. It is argued that a federal immigrant policy is needed, in which the Federal Government would assume some of the cost burden of public services to immigrants that states and localities now shoulder by themselves. Requiring the Federal Government to internalize the costs of its choices should assure that the trade-offs made serve the broader national interest. These objectives could be accomplished by turning over targeted federal funds to the local institutions that are most affected by the influx of immigrants and their children. These are primarily educational institutions, ranging from early childhood to adult education. General assistance should also be provided to partially compensate localities for costs they incur providing social and health services. The Federal Government should also standardize the requirements for existing federal, social, and other entitlement programs for immigrants. Developing these policy options cannot be done in an information vacuum. Systematic information is needed about the needs and wants of immigrants and service providers. Two figures and five tables illustrate the analysis. (Contains 25 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adult Education, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Financial Support, Government Role, Health Services, Higher Education, Immigrants, Information Needs, Policy Formation, Program Development, Public Policy, Social Problems, Social Services
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers: Educational Entitlements; Social Entitlements
Note: Reprinted from "Urban America," Steinberg, James B., Ed., And Others. RAND, MR-100-RC, 1992, p.281-306.