ERIC Number: ED307372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Political Asylum Applicants. Financial Effect on Local Services in the Miami Area. Fact Sheet for the Honorable Bob Graham and the Honorable Connie Mack, U.S. Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.
This fact sheet discusses the effect of Nicaraguan immigrants entering the country at Brownsville (Texas) on local service providers in Miami (Florida). During individual meetings held on February 1, 1989 with Miami area officials, concerns were expressed over the immigrants' general welfare and the financial strain on local organizations providing educational and other services. The officials represented the following offices: (1) Dade County Public Schools; (2) Metro-Dade County Manager; (3) Florida Health and Rehabilitation Services; (4) City of Miami; (5) United Way; (6) Miami-Dade Community College; and (7) Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Information gathered includes the following: (1) Miami was the most frequently listed destination of Nicaraguan immigrants who applied for asylum at the INS Harlington District in Texas between January 9 and 27, 1989; (2) the influx of Nicaraguans has caused overcrowding in Dade County public schools and added to problems of literacy education; (3) Nicaraguans received $4 million dollars in social services in addition to those provided by the school system; (4) Nicaraguans comprised 433 of the 808 homeless persons receiving emergency services at an estimated cost of about $4,000 per day; (5) United Way agencies provided assistance to 584 Nicaraguans at a cost of $24,744 during the last six months of 1988; and (6) Miami-Dade Community College provided education to 1,890 Nicaraguans at a cost of $2,713,000 during the 1987-88 school year. (FMW)
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Expenditures, Financial Needs, Higher Education, Homeless People, Immigrants, Latin Americans, Program Costs, Refugees, State Programs, Urban Areas, Urban Schools, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first 5 copies, free; additional copies, $2.00 each; 100 or more copies, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.
Identifiers - Location: Florida (Miami); Nicaragua