Community Support Can Help Integrate Immigrants
At the turn of the 20th century, reformers established a web of support in American cities to assist growing numbers of immigrants toiling in physically demanding jobs and living in crowded and squalid conditions. These programs provided an array of social services to integrate these newcomers into their new settings and reduce the effects of poverty.
Undocumented immigrants today face even greater challenges. Backbreaking jobs have produced chronic ailments. Many families have been left with the struggle to pick up the pieces after loved ones have been deported. Even long-term residents are prohibited from participating in important aspects of community life. And undocumented youngsters have faced the disappointment of blocked opportunities....
Read more at The New York Times.