ERIC Number: ED366705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Hidden Dreams, Hidden Lives. New Hispanic Immigrants in Minnesota.
Falcon, Adrienne; Rode, Peter
This report examines the contributions, work experiences, dreams, living conditions, and fears of Hispanic immigrants living in Minnesota and shows how the state of Minnesota can be more welcoming and supportive of new immigrants through changes in laws, public policies, and attitudes. Information is presented based on interviews with 222 adults and 38 children. Findings include data showing that most (69 percent of this group) of the immigrants came to the United States to find work to support their families, most of which had one or more children. The study also reveals that immigrants pay more taxes than most Minnesotans, yet most of the jobs were low-paying service sector jobs; immigrants worry about being picked up by the immigration police and being deported; and immigrants have mental stresses stemming from loneliness and separation in addition to marital tension. To avoid detection, immigrant families seek a self-imposed anonymity that ultimately denies them the services available to others in the community, including educational opportunities. Most immigrants want to learn English so they can improve their employment status, become legalized, and share in the American dream. Recommendations for state consideration are provided that are designed to eliminate barriers to employment, education, and community services. An appendix looks at specific concerns expressed by immigrant children. Suggested readings are included. (GLR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Aspiration, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Needs, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Level, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Interviews, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Psychological Patterns, Public Policy, Social Integration, Social Isolation, Undocumented Immigrants
Urban Coalition, 2610 University Avenue West, Suite 201, St. Paul, MN 55114 ($5, xerox copy only).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bremer (Otto) Foundation, St. Paul, MN.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.
Authoring Institution: N/A