PRRAC Grant Reports: Immigration
* = PRRAC-Commissioned Project
# = Project funded under PRRAC/Applied Research Center California Community Research Initiative
Research products of completed projects are available from PRRAC. Bracketed italicized identifiers [e.g. F301] are PRRAC's internal project numbers, used here to match grant descriptions with research products.
Short reports on the research work and updates on the advocacy work
this research has supported regularly appear in PRRAC's bimonthly newsletter
journal Poverty & Race -- the relevant issues of P&R
are noted at the end of each project description. Send PRRAC a self-addressed,
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+ Robert Koulish continued research he began while on the Univ. of Texas-Pan American faculty, with the Mid-Valley Community Center of Weslaco, Texas, documenting illegal, repressive and abusive behavior by the U.S. Border Patrol with respect to both "illegal aliens" and residents of Chicano communities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley border areas. In conjunction with the American Friends Service Committee's Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project, the Texas Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (L.A.), a legal challenge and legislative remedies are being pursued.
+ The National Network for
Immigrant and Refugee Rights documented patterns of employer discrimination
against immigrant minority workers, due to the Immigration Reform and
Control Act of 1986. A network of four local immigrant projects (in NYC,
SF, LA and Chicago) carried out local documentation, via interviews with
some 500 employers. The Network coordinated and integrated these local
research efforts and used them to develop links with the civil rights
and labor movements and women's groups, as part of general public education
and efforts to have Congress repeal IRCA.
+# The Southwest Voter Research Institute, as part of its Immigration and Naturalization Initiative, undertook research to increase the rate of naturalization in Los Angeles County, primarily among Latinos (one-fifth of all County residents are not U.S. citizens). Research identified pockets of Latino immigrants in the County for targeted door-to-door outreach, and a second research element brought immigrants together for focus group discussions to discover the psychological and administrative barriers they face when pursuing naturalization. Increased rates of naturalization will result in enhanced political power.
+# The National Network for Immigrant
and Refugee Rights conducted a study of "day labor" practices
in over 20 California communities, as part of a more general survey of
the growing day labor phenomenon throughout the country. The project surveyed
both formal day labor programs, designed to systematize and facilitate
day labor in an area, and informal projects, including organizing efforts
in progress and/or designed to mitigate local hostility toward the predominantly
Latino and immigrant day labor workforce.
+# The Vietnamese Community of Orange County (in collaboration with the Social Science Research Center at California State University--Fullerton) undertook, via 100 structured face-to-face interviews, a needs assessment of the Orange County Vietnamese community, particularly around issues of jobs and health care. The surveyors were Vietnamese staff members of the sponsoring group, trained by and working with the CSU--Fullerton Center. The research results will add to the organization's ability to advocate for services for its largely immigrant clientele.
+ = Completed Project
PRRAC Grantee Products and Final Reports
Copies of the following materials, as well as further information on the project, may be obtained by contacting the organization listed. Where available, prices and page length are indicated. Items available from PRRAC, if they are lengthy, may require paying photocopying costs. Project numbers are given to enable cross-reference back to the project descriptions.
The "Crisis" Over Day Labor: The Politics of Visibility and Public Space, by Jill Esbenshade (1995, 25 pp.), available ($5) from the National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, 310 8th St., #307, Oakland, CA 94607, 510/465-1984. [C107]
Proposition 187: An Effective Measure to Deter Undocumented Immigration to California?, by Rafael Alarcón (October 1994, 40 pp.), available ($5) from Multicultural Training, Education & Advocacy, 785 Market St., #420, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415/546-6382. [C110]
Community Assessment Report, by Vietnamese CAD Project (1995, 38 pp. + Atts.), available from the Vietnamese Community of Orange County, 1618 W. First St., Santa Ana, CA 92703, 714/558-6009. [C109]
Violations of Human and Civil Rights by U.S. Immigration Authorities in a South Texas Border Community: A Report to PRRAC, by Robert Koulish & John Robert Warren (June 1994, 20 pp. + Tables), available from Koulish, Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511 or from PRRAC. [F216]
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