Generations ago, droves of immigrant populations came to the U.S. from Europe and Africa. Now they are arriving mainly from Latin America and Asia. Most are authorized, but there is a large number who are t. While the U.S. Congress, federal, and most state governments, have done little to directly confront pressing immigration and immigrant issues, except for U.S. border areas and ports of entry, public officials and community-based organizations in cities, towns, counties, and other local jurisdictions, have been busily delivering commonsense and pragmatic services to accommodate and incorporate these new members of our American society. This edited volume is a compilation of these municipal level trends, practices, and experiences. It is an easy to read handbook for public officials and citizens on developing good immigrant services.
Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, is Mayor George Christopher Professor of Government and Russell T. Sharpe Professor of Business at Golden Gate University and was Commissioner for Immigrant Rights with the City and County of San Francisco, USA. Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. A graduate of a Harvard senior government executives program, he has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, the University of New Haven and the University of Connecticut, USA.