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Thu, Jan 17, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Critical Immigration, Health, and Education Policies Affecting Young Children of Immigrants

January 17, 2013  | 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM |  Migration Policy Institute

Welcome by Michael Fix, MPI,
and Deborah A. Phillips, Foundation for Child Development
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Keynote Address by Doris Meissner, 
Senior Fellow and Director, MPI US Immigration Policy Program, and Former Commissioner of the
US Immigration and Naturalization Service
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Session I: Health and health insurance policy

Leighton Ku, Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Center for Health Policy Research, The George Washington University

Jennifer Van Hook, Director, Population Research Institute and Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University

Remarks: Ajay Chaudry, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in the US Department of Health and Human Services  

Moderator: Randy Capps, MPI Senior Policy Analyst and Demographer 

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Session II: School readiness and education policy

Robert Crosnoe, Elsie and Stanley E. (Skinny) Adams, Sr., Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts, Departments of Sociology and Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Linda Espinosa, Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Missouri, Columbia (ret.)

Moderator: Margie McHughCo-Director, MPI National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy

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Session III: The unauthorized and immigration policy

David B. Thronson, Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Hiro YoshikawaWalter H. Gale Professor of Education and Academic Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Remarks: Kelly Ryan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigration, Office of Policy, US Department of Homeland Security 

Moderator: Doris MeissnerSenior Fellow and Director, US Immigration Policy Program, MPI

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 Closing Discussion: Moving forward on policies affecting Young Children of Immigrants

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The Migration Policy Institute (MPI)’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy convened a major public policy research symposium focused on young children of immigrants in the United States. While policies that crucially influence the development of young children (birth through age 10) of immigrants are typically examined through a specific policy lens, the conference lies uniquely at the intersection of not just early education and health but immigration policy. 

The event featured some of the nation’s leading scholars on issues affecting children of immigrants, as well as members of the administration who work in each of the policy areas – all of which are critical to the prospects of immigrants’ children. The discussants examined the policies and explored the prospects for policy change during the next four years. Six draft papers that synthesized the best, most current research evidence and set out key directions for possible reform were distributed to attendees. All papers will be available as part of a volume at a later date.  Please continue to check the website for details. 

The symposium, which is supported by the Foundation for Child Development (FCD), was held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of FCD’s Young Scholars Program – a landmark program in the encouragement and support of scholarly research on young children of immigrants. 

For more information call +1-202-266-1929 or email events@migrationpolicy.org.