ERIC Number: ED368524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-22
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Georges Vernez before the Select Committee on Statewide Immigration Impact, California State Assembly.
Many factors contribute to the recent emphasis on the costs of immigration. The number of immigrants has increased rapidly over the last decade and the composition of immigrants has changed. There has been a decline in the level of education of immigrants relative to that of the native population, and the mix of country of origin has become more diversified. There has also been an increasing concentration of immigrants in a few states and within those states, in a few large metropolitan areas. In addition to these changes, the economic and social environment of the country as a whole and that of California, in particular, have changed. Employment growth has slowed, costs of health services and schooling have increased, and income and wage disparities have grown. Such domestic problems lead to pressures to limit immigration. Immigration must be managed through frequent adaptations to changing circumstances, both international and domestic. Stopping immigration tomorrow would have only a minor impact on education in the short run because the children who are going to require an increase in California public school capacity and funding by 10 to 15 percent over the next 5 years are already born and residing in the state. Legislators should scrutinize "facts" about immigration carefully because we do not know enough about the effects of the most recent wave of immigrants. (KS)
Descriptors: Costs, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Immigrants, Public Education, Public Policy
Distribution Services, RAND, 1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers: California; Public Services