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.
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.
Moderator: RON HASKINS, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings
Overview: DONALD HERNANDEZ, Professor of Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY
Rep. MELVIN NEUFELD
Kansas State House of Representatives,
Chairman of Kansas House Appropriations Committee
Rep. RUSSELL PEARCE
Arizona State House of Representatives,
Chairman of Arizona House Appropriations Committee
Assemblyman FELIX ORTIZ
New York State Assembly
Moderator: AUDREY SINGER, Immigration Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings
Principal Research Associate,
Urban Institute Population Studies Center
Club for Growth
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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