February 2012

Feb 29, 2012 Vera has just released a new report, "The flow of unaccompanied children through the immigration system: a resource for practitioners, policy makers, and researchers." This publication explores the path that several thousand unaccompanied children—those younger than 18 without lawful immigration status and with no parent or legal guardian in the country available to provide care and custody—follow through the U.S. immigration system each year. A child’s journey through this maze...
Feb 6, 2012 What sort of Americans will the children of immigrants become? This is one of the central questions that Philip Kasinitz and his colleagues have studied for more than a decade. Kasinitz, a professor of sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, recently spoke at Vera about the changing landscape for first-generation Americans since the 1970s. His research focuses on immigrant youth who came to the United States as young children and have grown up balancing the demands of their...
Feb 1, 2012 It’s too soon to know how Governor Cuomo’s mandatory managed care plan—enacted last year and scheduled for implementation in April—will affect the ability of older, indigent adults and people with disabilities to remain in their communities. But state officials ought to take steps now to ensure that the new policy doesn’t force people into institutions when they could otherwise continue living safely at home with dignity and services.  The governor is right to look for solutions to...

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