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April 22, 2007

From Newcomers to Americans: An Integration Policy for a Nation of Immigrants

The United States has long been a nation of immigrants, but in recent years, the government of the world’s “melting pot” has become strangely silent on the issue of immigrant integration. As Professor Tomás Jiménez points out in the Immigration Policy Center’s latest report, congressional debate on wholesale reforms of our broken immigration system has focused almost entirely on laws governing admissions, with merely a symbolic nod to questions of integration.

In “From Newcomers to Americans: An Integration Policy for a Nation of Immigrants,” Professor Jimenez argues that much more than an overhaul of its immigration policy, the United States needs an immigrant policy that deals proactively with integration of newcomers. A policy that makes integration more difficult, uncertain, or excessively lengthy, he claims, simply is not in the best interests of the nation. Rather, facilitating successful and rapid integration of immigrants minimizes social tensions and allows newcomers to contribute more fully to the U.S. economy.

In his report, Professor Jimenez analyzes trends in immigrant integration in the United States, and argues that immigrant integration must become a national policy priority. The full report is available on the IPC's website at:

http://www.ailf.org/ipc/infocus/infocus_0704.pdf

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 22, 2007 07:28 AM

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