Becoming American

Author: Fariborz Ghadar
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442228954
Format: PDF, Mobi
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For policy makers, business leaders, and American citizens, immigration reform is one of the defining issues of this era. In turns both personal and analytical, remaining factual and well-argued throughout, Fariborz Ghadar’s Becoming American makes the case for common sense immigration policies and practices that will not only help strengthen America’s fledgling economy and role as world leader, but will also help millions of prospective immigrants and their families start making more out of their lives today, and for generations to come.

100 Questions and Answers About Immigrants to the U S Immigration policies politics and trends and how they affect families jobs and demographics

Author: Michigan State University School of Journalism
Publisher: Front Edge Publishing
ISBN: 1942011539
Format: PDF, ePub
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This simple, introductory guide answers 100 of the basic questions people ask about U.S. immigrants and immigration in everyday conversation. It has answers about identity, language, religion, culture, customs, social norms, economics, politics, education, work, families and food. It also covers contemporary issues of race, employment, criminal justice, heath, wealth and housing. This guide is for people in business, education, religion, government, medicine, law and human resources who need a starting point for learning or teaching more about American immigrants.

Working with Immigrants and Migrant Populations Through Service Learning

Author: Mary Blount Christian
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1477779701
Format: PDF, Docs
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Showing students the human side of immigration debates, service-learning opportunities with immigrant and migrant communities can offer an enormously rewarding experience to participants. In addition to enhancing discussions on immigration that can take place in history, social studies, language, political science, economics, or other classes, these opportunities give students a chance to directly affect the lives of those who often find themselves on the periphery of society. This volume examines the various service-learning projects available to those who wish to positively impact immigrant and migrant communities and guides readers through the process of successfully executing a service-learning project.

Imperfect Strangers

Author: Salim Yaqub
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501706888
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In Imperfect Strangers, Salim Yaqub argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade for U.S.-Arab relations, whether at the upper levels of diplomacy, in street-level interactions, or in the realm of the imagination. In those years, Americans and Arabs came to know each other as never before. With Western Europe's imperial legacy fading in the Middle East, American commerce and investment spread throughout the Arab world. The United States strengthened its strategic ties to some Arab states, even as it drew closer to Israel. Maneuvering Moscow to the sidelines, Washington placed itself at the center of Arab-Israeli diplomacy. Meanwhile, the rise of international terrorism, the Arab oil embargo and related increases in the price of oil, and expanding immigration from the Middle East forced Americans to pay closer attention to the Arab world. Yaqub combines insights from diplomatic, political, cultural, and immigration history to chronicle the activities of a wide array of American and Arab actors—political leaders, diplomats, warriors, activists, scholars, businesspeople, novelists, and others. He shows that growing interdependence raised hopes for a broad political accommodation between the two societies. Yet a series of disruptions in the second half of the decade thwarted such prospects. Arabs recoiled from a U.S.-brokered peace process that fortified Israel’s occupation of Arab land. Americans grew increasingly resentful of Arab oil pressures, attitudes dovetailing with broader anti-Muslim sentiments aroused by the Iranian hostage crisis. At the same time, elements of the U.S. intelligentsia became more respectful of Arab perspectives as a newly assertive Arab American community emerged into political life. These patterns left a contradictory legacy of estrangement and accommodation that continued in later decades and remains with us today.

A Nation of Nations

Author: Tom Gjelten
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476743878
Format: PDF, Mobi
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“An incisive look at immigration, assimilation, and national identity” (Kirkus Reviews) and the landmark immigration law that transformed the face of the nation more than fifty years ago, as told through the stories of immigrant families in one suburban county in Virginia. In the years since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the foreign-born population of the United States has tripled. Americans today are vastly more diverse than ever. They look different, speak different languages, practice different religions, eat different foods, and enjoy different cultures. In 1950, Fairfax County, Virginia, was ninety percent white, ten percent African-American, with a little more than one hundred families who were “other.” Currently the Anglo white population is less than fifty percent, and there are families of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American origin living all over the county. “In A Nation of Nations, National Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten brings these changes to life” (The Wall Street Journal), following a few immigrants to Fairfax County over recent decades as they gradually “Americanize.” Hailing from Korea, Bolivia, and Libya, the families included illustrate common immigrant themes: friction between minorities, economic competition and entrepreneurship, and racial and cultural stereotyping. It’s been half a century since the Immigration and Nationality Act changed the landscape of America, and no book has assessed the impact or importance of this law as A Nation of Nations. With these “powerful human stories…Gjelten has produced a compelling and informative account of the impact of the 1965 reforms, one that is indispensable reading at a time when anti-immigrant demagoguery has again found its way onto the main stage of political discourse” (The Washington Post).

A Nation of Immigrants

Author: John F. Kennedy
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062749951
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Throughout his presidency, John F. Kennedy was passionate about the issue of immigration reform. He believed that America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland. This modern edition of his posthumously published, timeless work—with a new introduction by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and a foreword by Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League—offers the late president's inspiring suggestions for immigration policy and presents a chronology of the main events in the history of immigration in America. As continued debates on immigration engulf the nation, this paean to the importance of immigrants to our nation's prominence and success is as timely as ever.

Reinventing the Melting Pot

Author: Tamar Jacoby
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0786729732
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In Reinventing the Melting Pot, twenty-one of the writers who have thought longest and hardest about immigration come together around a surprising consensus: yes, immigrant absorption still works-and given the number of newcomers arriving today, the nation's future depends on it. But it need not be incompatible with ethnic identity-and we as a nation need to find new ways to talk about and encourage becoming American. In the wake of 9/11 it couldn't be more important to help these newcomers find a way to fit in. Running through these essays is a single common theme: Although ethnicity plays a more important role now than ever before, today's newcomers can and will become Americans and enrich our national life-reinventing the melting pot and reminding us all what we have in common.

An Immigrant s Guide to Making It in America

Author: Virgilia Kaur Pruthi
ISBN: 9780615941325
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Immigration has always been part of the fabric of America's history and its future. However, the emphasis on high-skilled workers-today's foreign graduates at US universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math-is a fairly new phenomenon. The effects of "reverse brain drain" are becoming increasingly common, as professionals have begun taking knowledge and skills they've learned in America back to their home countries. Policymakers are realizing that foreign students are not only a major pipeline to innovators, but are also the catalysts behind the growth of new ideas and capital. In An Immigrant's Guide to Making It in America, Virgilia Kaur Pruthi reveals why this is the best time in modern US history for young immigrants to begin making their mark by highlighting the stories of a diverse set of those who've made it in America. Filled with practical advice on how to navigate the immigration system and tip for adjusting to US culture and understanding the visa process, the book gives readers the knowledge they need to succeed. An Immigrant's Guide to Making It in America presents a complicated process in an accessible format and is useful for the recently immigrated as it is for those long in the United States, looking for inspiration in the stories of their new peers. "I wrote this book for those looking to understand what it takes to succeed in America," Kaur Pruthi writes. "It is meant to follow you through your time as a student, a job-seeker, a family-starter, and a hopeful candidate for a green card and citizenship. It also tells the stories of immigrants who came to America, each motivated by unique aspirations. I aim to demystify the current immigration terminology while sharing tips on how to succeed in America from those who have been through the process." In chapters that detail the various issues for immigrants and naturalized citizens to understand Kaur Pruthi covers such topic as: The Current State looks at the evolution of immigration in America and takes a look at some of the hard statistics that shape our nation's diversity and education system. The People highlights the stories of more than thirty-five immigrants who hail from more than thirty countries and possess an extremely diverse set of professional backgrounds. They share their most honest advice and their stories are divided into the most common traits immigrants exude, including the bridging the gap between two cultures, getting comfortable with networking and building relationships, being open to the unknown, setting clear goals in life and remaining focused, and being confident of their own willpower and forward-thinking despite any barriers. The Skills lists the necessary skills people should be aware of and utilize in order to grow and succeed in any profession. The Real Answers addresses the most frequently asked questions posed by immigrants when moving, working, and continuing a life in America. The States details the demographics, trends toward immigrants and employment outlook of all fifty states. Resources highlights organizations in America that are doing incredible work for immigrants that individuals coming to this country should feel comfortable in approaching if in need while The Glossary is meant to translate the bureaucratic terminology, from A-Number to Visa Waiver, it's your portable dictionary to immigration. "I would love for my readers to take apart this book by extracting the information that is most important to them at a certain stage in life," Kaur Pruthi writes. "My aim is to make information about immigration and visas more accessible and clear without getting blindsided by politics. I hope that what you learn about the immigration system in this book will help you stay positive, patient, and courageous throughout your journey in the United States."

Getting America Right

Author: Edwin J. Feulner
Publisher: Crown Forum
ISBN: 0307345602
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Where did we take a wrong turn? That’s what proud conservatives are asking. The era of liberal dominance is finally over, but sometimes you wouldn’t know it. Government spending is out of control, huge waves of illegal immigration endanger our security and our American identity, more and more Americans look to Washington for the “quick fix,” the government grabs for more power at the expense of our liberty, American businesses are fleeing overseas, and terrorism threatens us more than ever. How do we deal with these crises when our leaders refuse to? By following Edwin J. Feulner and Doug Wilson’s unique and practical six-point plan: specific steps that every one of us can take to put America back on course. As conservative leaders—Feulner as president of the nation’s preeminent think tank, The Heritage Foundation; Wilson as chairman of America’s leading conservative news and community website,—the authors know that what will rescue us now are the things that have always made this nation great: free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, a strong national defense, and the rule of law. We must demand accountability and a return to our core principles. Getting America Right reveals: • Stunning real-world examples of government run amok, and how it hurts you • The politicians who are selling out, and the brave souls who are fighting for what’s right • How to restore fiscal discipline among Washington’s pork-addicted pols—Feulner and Wilson identify ridiculous programs we should slash now • The blueprint for getting the federal government out of our way and out of our pockets • The threats Washington is ignoring, and the steps we must take at home and abroad to ensure our security • What you can do to hold politicians accountable What is at risk if we fail? Nothing less than the freedom, prosperity, and security of ourselves and our children and grandchildren. We must get it right—each and every one of us. And we need to start today. As Newt Gingrich writes in his foreword to Getting America Right, “The blueprint for our action—yours and mine—is contained within the pages of this remarkable book.” Also available as an eBook. Visit for more resources to join the fight to put America back on track. From the Hardcover edition.

Right to DREAM

Author: William A. Schwab
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 1557286388
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Argues for the DREAM Act and immigration reform, exploring key issues surrounding the legislation.