Immigration and America's Cities: A Handbook on Evolving Services

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Immigration and America's Cities: A Handbook on Evolving Services by Joaquin Jay Gonzalez

Generations ago, immigrants came to the U.S. from Europe and Africa in large numbers. Today they are arriving mainly from Latin America and Asia. Most are documented but many are not. While the federal and most state governments have done little beyond controlling borders and ports of entry to address pressing immigration issues, public officials and community organizations at the local level have been advancing commonsense, pragmatic solutions to accommodate the newest members of American society.
This collection of essays provides a handbook for developing good county- and municipal-level immigrant services. The contributors cover a diverse range of trends, issues and practices, including immigration reform, language access, identification and driver’s licensing, employment, education, voting, public safety and legal assistance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786496334
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2016
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Ph.D., is Mayor George Christopher Professor of Public Administration at the Ageno School of Business of Golden Gate University. He has worked as a governance and urban development specialist with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the International City/County Management Association. Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., ICMA-CM, has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. He has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, University of New Haven, University of Connecticut and Golden Gate University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Part I Trends and Issues

1 Second Immigration Wave Lifts Diversity to Record High Greg Toppo Paul Overberg 6

2 Immigrant Population Growing Faster Than Natives in Metro Areas Mike Maciag 12

3 Asian Immigrant Numbers Surpass Latino Numbers Rebecca Trounson 16

4 Not-So-Comprehensive Immigration Reform Samuel Kleiner 19

5 Costs Mount for Counties as Immigration Reform Languishes Charles Taylor 22

6 For Mayors, It Is About Integration, Not Immigration Paul Pontieri 25

7 The Immigration Debate We're Not Having Susan K. Urahn 28

8 It's Okay That Congress Won't Act on Immigration Cristina Rodriguez 30

9 Elderly Immigrants in the United States Paola Scommegna 33

Part II Practices and Experiences

Section A Safe Havens and Open Doors

10 A Safe Haven in New Haven Michele Wucker 46

11 Philadelphia's Open-Door Immigrant Policy Tod Newcombe 49

12 Make San Francisco a Sanctuary for Illegal Immigrants Peter Fimrite 51

13 Looking the Other Way on Immigrants Anthony Faiola 53

Section B Language Access

14 How Language Fits Into the Immigration Issue Ryan Holeywell 57

15 Wanted: Language and Cultural Competence Elizabeth Kellar 63

16 Providing Language Access Services in a Global Economy Anuj Gupta David Torres 71

17 Tips for Testing and Certifying Multilingual Employees Jason Reed 78

Section C Identification Card and Driver's Licensing

18 Welcome Mat Rob Gurwitt 83

19 Who We Are: Center for Popular Democracy 91

20 Driver's Licenses Will be "An Incredible Relief" Kate Linthicum 99

Section D Employment

21 Toil and Trouble Jonathan Walters 103

22 Business and Labor Unite to Try to Alter Immigration Laws Steven Greenhouse 111

23 Georgia Immigration Law: Many Agencies Fail to Comply Jeremy Redmon 114

Section E Business and Investment

24 Immigrant Investors: A New Source of Real Estate Capital Alex Hutchinson 119

25 City of Bellevue Recognized as Immigration Trend-Setter International City/County Management Association 127

Section F English Language Learners

26 Bilingual Vocational Education for Immigrants Cheryl Harrison 129

27 The Case for Structured English Immersion Kevin Clark 134

28 New Immigrant Populations Recreating Community Thomas C. Reynolds 142

29 Linking to Prior Learning Yu Ren Dong 145

Section G Education and Literacy

30 Keeping the Dream Alive Julie Bell 153

31 In-State Tuition and Unauthorized Immigrant Students Ann Morse 160

32 Financial Literacy Programs for Immigrants Jamie Durana 165

Section H Library Services

33 New Immigrants Center at the Austin Public Library Diana Miranda-Murillo 170

34 Librarian's Toolkit for Responding to Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Robin Imperial 177

Section I Civic Engagement and Voting

35 Immigrant-Friendly Cities Want What Arizona Doesn't Dylan Scott 181

36 Serving Diverse Communities-Best Practices Julie C.T. Hernandez John C. Brown Christine C. Tien 187

37 Courting the Filipino American Immigrant Vote Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III 196

Section J Policing and Public Safety

38 Community Policing in the Delray Beach Haitian Community Anthony Strianese 207

39 Local Authorities in Fight with Feds About Enforcement Kate Linthicum 210

Section K Legal Assistance

40 New York Gives Legal Counsel to Undocumented Immigrants Cindy Chang 213

41 Obama Faces Growing Rebellion Against Secure Communities Elise Foley 216

Section L Seniors and Healthcare

42 Emerging Challenge for the U.S. Healthcare System Emmanuel Gorospe 223

43 Illegal Immigrants Most Helped by Emergency Medicaid Phil Galewitz 230

Part III The Future

44 The Rise of the New Baltimoreans Nancy Scola 236

45 Immigrants Countering Population Losses in Many Metro Areas Mike Maciag 244

46 Extend Health Insurance to Unauthorized Immigrants? J.B. Wogan 247

47 Selected State Reports on the Impact of Immigrants Jiashan Cui 249


I United States Conference of Mayors' March 12, 2014, Letter to Congress 264

II National League of Cities' Resolution in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform 267

III National Association of Counties' Call to Action: Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform 270

IV Arlington County Board Resolution Welcoming Arlington's Newcomers 273

V President Barack Obama's 2014 Executive Action on Immigration Speech 275

VI San Francisco Mayor Ed Lees Executive Directive on Immigration 280

VII List of Sanctuary Cities 283

VIII Guidelines for Developing a Language Access Plan 285

IX Federal Benefits Available to Unauthorized Immigrants 287

X National Immigration Resource Directory 289

About the Editors and Contributors 291

Index 295

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