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A Brookings-Princeton Future of Children Briefing, Policies for Children in Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 16, 2004

Thursday, December 16, 2004
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Falk Auditorium
The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Nearly 20 percent of America's children live in immigrant households. Evidence from the Census Bureau and from scholarly research shows that these children are more likely to live in poverty than native born children and are below average on many important measures of child development, including vocabulary and school achievement. But when they grow up, the children of immigrants will contribute to the American economy as well as the nation's Social Security and Medicare Programs. As a result, scholars and policymakers are paying more attention to these children's development.

In association with the release of the latest issue of The Future of Children—the last issue of the journal published by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which focuses on children in immigrant families—the Brookings Welfare Reform and Beyond initiative will hold a public forum to discuss policy changes that could help promote the development of immigrant children. All upcoming issues of The Future of Children will be published by the Brookings Institution and Princeton University, who are co-sponsors of the Future of Children Project.

Panel One
Moderator: RON HASKINS, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings
Overview: DONALD HERNANDEZ, Professor of Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY

Kansas State House of Representatives,
Chairman of Kansas House Appropriations Committee
Arizona State House of Representatives,
Chairman of Arizona House Appropriations Committee

Assemblyman FELIX ORTIZ
New York State Assembly

Panel Two
Moderator: AUDREY SINGER, Immigration Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings

Principal Research Associate,
Urban Institute Population Studies Center

Club for Growth

Senior Fellow,
Manhattan Institute

Vice President for Policy,
National Council of La Raza

Professor of Political Science, Boston College; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings

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