Apr 20

Past Event

Immigrant Children Falling Behind: Implications and Policy Prescriptions

Event Materials



  • Educating Immigrant Children a National Investment

    Marta Tienda, Princeton University: Let’s look at educating immigrant children as an investment in the country. Many states are passing their version of the DREAM Act in order to capitalize on the years of education they provide.

  • America's Future Entwined with Immigrants

    Ron Haskins: The nation’s future is largely tied to its immigration population and if immigrant children have a problem then America has a problem.

    Ron Haskins

  • Why is the Immigration System Broken?

    Jena McNeill, Heritage Foundation: Why is the immigration system broken? It’s broken because we’ve failed to enforce immigration laws for more than 25 years and we allow politicians to use immigration to garner votes.

  • Labor Force Dependent on Immigrant Children

    Audrey Singer: Most of the growth of the U.S. labor force will eventually come from immigrant children. We need to educate those children, all children in this country to compete in the global economy.

    Audrey Singer


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Nearly a quarter of schoolchildren in the United States are immigrants or the children of immigrants. A substantial percentage of these children, especially those from Latin America, are falling behind in school and as a result, face a bleak economic future.

On April 20, The Future of Children, a joint project of Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, hosted an event to release the latest issue of its journal. The issue is devoted entirely to several aspects of the status and well-being of immigrant children. An accompanying policy brief reviews the problem of low educational attainment among immigrant children and proposes a set of policy recommendations that could improve their attainment, including expanding preschool programs, improved English Language Learner instruction, and congressional passage of the DREAM Act to allow undocumented students to attend college.

The event began with an overview of the journal and the policy brief by the editors, Marta Tienda of Princeton and Ron Haskins of Brookings. Following the overview, a panel of experts presented arguments for and against the DREAM ACT and commented on how the educational achievement of immigrant children can be improved.

After the program, the speakers took questions from the audience.

Event Agenda


April 20, 2011

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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