ERIC Number: ED372004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Immigrants, Your Community, and U.S. Immigration Policy. Public Talk Series.
Study Circles Resource Center, Pomfret, CT.
The discussion guide explores the policy debate over immigration to the United States with regard to economic and quality of life concerns, environmental issues, and ethical considerations. The first article discusses the growing sentiments against immigration while using an historical account of U.S. immigration history and laws. While a consensus exists regarding the need to reduce illegal immigration, disagreement remains as to how many legal immigrants should be accepted. The economic issues revolve around the inconclusive data on the cost or benefit of immigrants and the competition for jobs between native-born citizens and immigrants. The quality of life issues explore the social and cultural concerns of communities and the opposing views of the concern for national character, identity, and political values versus the multicultural values of society. Population growth, the environment, and resource use provide further points to consider. Some basic facts give further information on legal and illegal immigration. Ten key values and concerns present common conflicts that underlie discussions and debates about immigration. Ideas regarding policy issues address current levels of immigration, and reducing both legal and illegal immigration. The discussion guide concludes with 12 questions for discussion. (CK)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Community Change, Discussion, Discussion Groups, Foreign Nationals, Foreign Policy, Immigrants, International Relations, Law Enforcement, Nationalism, Public Policy, Refugees, Social Change, Undocumented Immigrants
Study Circles Resource Center, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret, CT 06248 ($2).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Study Circles Resource Center, Pomfret, CT.