Glossary
Adjustment of Status: An INS procedure that permits aliens to obtain permanent resident status, without leaving the United States. To be distinguished from "change of status," which permits aliens to make any other alteration in visa classification, such as from visitor to student.
Afro-Caribbean: Pertaining to the cultures of the Caribbean that show a marked African influence.
Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC): The nation's largest public assistance program, funded by the federal, state, and city governments. Serves children under 18 whose parents are dead, incapacitated, absent, or unemployed, and who meet financial need criteria.
Alien: A person present in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen.
Amnesty: In immigration terminology, a time-limited legalization program for undocumented aliens who have lived in the United States since 1981.
Asian: Pertaining to or coming from the nations of the Asian continent and Pacific islands, excluding the Soviet Union, Australia, and New Zealand.
Aspira Consent Decree: A 1974 out-of-court settlement in Aspira v. Board of Education of the City of New York, in which the board agreed to provide bilingual education programs for all Spanish-speaking or Spanish-surnamed public school pupils with English-language deficiencies.
Asylum: A status granted by the INS to aliens in this country who cannot return to their home country because of likely persecution based on race, religion, nationality, or social or political ties. Asylum differs from refugee status in that asylum applicants are already on U.S. soil.
Bilingual Education: A school program in which the major academic subjects are taught in a foreign-language speaker's native language until he or she is proficient in English. ESL is taught as well.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables vii
  • List of Figures ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Part I - The Background 1
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • 2 - Social and Legislative History 11
  • Part II - Today's Demographics 31
  • 3 - Recent Statistics on New York City Immigration 33
  • 4 - Undocumented Aliens and the Census Undercount 50
  • 5 - Five-City Comparison 58
  • 6 - Ethnic Geography 68
  • 7 - Employment Patterns among Today's Immigrants 82
  • Part III - The Service Delivery System 99
  • 8 - Social Services: Welfare and Beyond 101
  • 9 - Refugee Resettlement 119
  • 10 - Cuban/Haitian Entrants: a History 134
  • 11 - The Catholic Church and Its Services to Immigrants 140
  • 12 - The Role of Public Education 153
  • 13 - Issues in Health Care 168
  • 14 - Immigrants and the Criminal Justice System 180
  • 15 - The Immigration and Naturalization Service 190
  • Part IV - For the Record 205
  • 16 - Costs and Revenues 207
  • 17 - Ethnic Media 218
  • 18 - Inventory of Academic Studies 231
  • 19 - Conclusions and Recommendations 243
  • 20 - Epilogue: a Paean to the Lady 250
  • Glossary 251
  • Acronyms 257
  • Bibliography 259
  • Index 263
  • About the Author 269
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