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Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide

Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by Tatyana Kleyn


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As the future of our democratic society, youth from U.S.-born and immigrant backgrounds alike will need to make informed decisions on our diverse nation's behalf. To do so, young adults need to be provided with access to accurate information and varied perspectives about immigration. In Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Tatyana Kleyn (an immigrant herself) examines the myths and realities of immigration, as well as the laws and policies that regulate it. She explores a number of issues associated with immigration, including cultural clashes and discrimination, the debate on language, undocumented immigrants, and what it means to be an American. The book includes an overview of the nation's history with immigration, definitions of relevant terms, and recent statistical and demographic information. It also discusses why and how many immigrants make the journey to the United States. Other aspects the book addresses include undocumented immigrants and refugees/asylees, laws and policies that either support or hinder immigration, and how young immigrants can reconcile their competing identities. Aiming to generate a discussion on immigration with factual and contemporary information, real life stories, experiences, and quotes from teenagers and young adults, Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide presents a comprehensive and engaging approach to informing readers about the varied ways immigration is experienced, viewed, and disputed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810869844
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/24/2011
Series: It Happened to Me Series , #29
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tatyana Kleyn is assistant professor in the Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at the City College of New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 History, Demography, and Terminology 1

2 Immigration Stories 17

3 Immigration Myths and Realities 37

4 Undocumented Immigrants 55

5 Refugees and Asylees 75

6 Homesickness and Cultural Differences 95

7 A Multilingual America 115

8 Encountering Discrimination 133

9 Immigration Debates 151

10 Laws and Policies 169

11 Becoming American 191

12 Looking Around and Looking Ahead 207

Index 223

About the Author 227

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