Module 4: Latino Public Policy Issues

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Sources and Resources for Additional Information:

  • For data and information on immigration policy, see the Pew Hispanic Center or the Migration Policy Institute
  • The Pew Hispanic Center also has information on state-by-state trends, as well as country of origin profiles of US Latinos
  • For Georgia-specific legislation and trends, see GALEO
  • See data on language use by US Hispanics
  • For an example of some of the barriers to higher education faced by undocumented students, see this local newspaper article; and to see what some faculty and community members are doing to support such students, see Freedom University's website and related articles like this one from NPR
  • To learn more about the "deferred action" for immigrant minors, see the Homeland Security page
  • For an overview of the history of transportation equity and its affect on Latino ne, see this case study report 
  • Because immigration reform is under discussion at the national level, you may want to also seek out current information on topics relating to the DREAM Act, immigration reform, etc. through current online and other news sources

Possible reflection questions intended for use with this module:

  1. What from this module resonated with your experiences so far?
  2. What did not seem to apply to the community or people you’re working with? 
  3. What experiences have you had in learning another language? How do those experiences shape your understanding of bilingualism and language use?
  4. What experiences have you had in trying to get around town without a car?
  5. What indications have you seen in your work with this community, that the issues in this module (immigration policy; language policy; transportation) are important to this community? In what ways do these issues specifically impact the people you are engaging with?

If using the module BEFORE the service-learning experience:

  1. In what ways did the information from this presentation confirm, or challenge, your expectations or beliefs about the Latino community?
  2. How might you apply the information from this presentation to your service activity?
  3. What do you still want to know in order to be prepared for this experience?

If using the module DURING/AFTER the service-learning experience:

  1. In what way(s) is the Latino population you are working with representative of state and national immigration trends?
  2. In what ways is it different?
  3. This module suggests several reasons why immigrant parents and children might not take part in outreach activities offered by a school or program. How do these mesh with what you’ve seen in your work with this community? 
  4. How might you apply the information from this presentation, as well as your experiences in your service activity, to your future studies, engagement with community, and/or personal development?
  5. What are you still wondering about that relates to this presentation’s topics and/or your experiences? How might you find more information to help answer your questions?
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