ERIC Number: ED424310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming an American: Immigration and Immigrant Policy. 1997 Report to Congress.
United States Commission on Immigration Reform, Washington, DC.
As mandated by the Immigration Act of 1990, a bipartisan Commission examined and made recommendations about the implementation and impact of the U.S. immigration policy. In examining the immigration policy, the Commission conducted more than 40 public hearings, consultations, and site visits in the United States and some foreign countries. This final report makes recommendations to further the goals of Americanization by setting out immigrant policies to help orient immigrants and their new communities, to improve educational programs that help immigrants and their children learn English and civics, and to reinforce the integrity of the naturalization process by which immigrants become citizens. The report also makes recommendations for immigration policy, repeating and updating the conclusions reached in three previous reports on unlawful migration, legal immigration, refugee and asylum policy, and making additional recommendations for reforming immigration policies. The following chapters are included: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Americanization and Integration of Immigrants"; (3) "A Credible Framework for Immigration Policy"; (4) "Achieving Immigration Policy Goals"; and (5) "Conclusion." The Commission urges a renewed commitment to the education of immigrant children and a recognition that education is the primary tool of Americanization for children and adults. Appendixes describe the provisions of the Immigration Act of 1990 and present the statement of Commissioner W. E. Leiden. (Contains 101 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: United States Commission on Immigration Reform, Washington, DC.