3 Ways to Make Your Students Better Immigrants
Are you at a loss regarding what to do if your student you’re teaching lacks perspective on immigration? Are you concerned that he might have incorrect ideas about immigration status and status? What’s the best way to help your students draw a clear picture of their perceptions of immigration? There are numerous resources at your disposal. Here are three digital tools that might help:
The Immigration Policy Research Institute (IPRI) identified its 2014 student survey as having a sample size of 504 young adults under the age of 25. The study’s respondents were asked about their perceptions and knowledge regarding a variety of immigration topics. They included issues of immigration status, legal immigration status, immigration status and opportunity, family planning, race, minority status, and citizenship.
The most popular questions were this: Do you personally know someone who was born outside the U.S.? Do you personally know someone who came to the U.S. before age 16? Do you personally know someone who came to the U.S. at age 18 or younger?
Given the response rate of 9 percent, this study provided evidence on how few people discuss immigration policy with their students. However, there was an opportunity to have a conversation about the issues of immigration status. Would you like to talk to a student about immigration? This article will discuss more.
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Research shows that people often make decisions based on limited information, as studies show that 74 percent of Americans say they have a hard time understanding the economic facts of immigration. However, there are other avenues to help students gain an understanding about immigration’s economic value.
Dr. David Honig works at Honig Enterprises, a business consulting and special project management company based in New York City. The company is focused on helping non-profits and clients work together to solve complex business challenges. “The summer may seem like a departure from the issues we deal with during the winter months, but on many occasions, we find ourselves looking beyond the legal and regulatory black box of immigration,” Honig says.
Honig shares his experience at LIRD as an example. One day Honig was helping to teach a college administrator how to act in an impromptu meeting to a group of undocumented workers. He explained the situation and received assurance that these workers would not be deported. Later that day, Honig received a phone call from a teacher he had been working with who happened to be undocumented himself. He explained the situation and his employer’s desire to be out of the country. Honig reassured him that this employer and this family were looking out for him and this moment made this experience all the more memorable.
People sometimes misperceive the impact of laws on immigration. For example, one minor marketing event caused a great deal of confusion as guests at the event were unsure about their legal status. However, even the most law-abiding American don’t always grasp the ramifications of immigration laws.
To help illustrate the application of one of the case studies in Honig’s company, they built a software program to help clients clarify the situation. “The Customary Status Report (CRS) includes the definition of inadmissibility to the United States,” Honig says. “It also shows the date a person was admitted into the United States, the length of stay, how many times he has applied for refugee status, and any travel restrictions. It takes only five minutes to fill out.”
By understanding the true implications of immigration laws, employers can make better hiring decisions. Students can also reduce social anxiety and the likelihood of them losing a college scholarship or failing for a class. To learn more about these tools and the other services from Honig Enterprises, go to Honig Enterprises.
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