On the Frontlines. Our community's response to the challenges facing immigrants in Central Texas Presentation by the Immigrant Services Network of Austin Immigration, Education and Our Future February 6, 2009. Today’s Presentation.
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Our community's response to the challenges facing immigrants in Central Texas
Presentation by the Immigrant Services Network of Austin
Immigration, Education and Our Future February 6, 2009
What role do the public, private, and nonprofit sectors play in helping or hindering the integration of immigrants?
To what extent does the community’s response to other issues (such as basic needs and healthcare) accommodate the immigrant population?
How can the community capitalize upon immigrants’ economic and cultural contributions?
Immigrants impact the Travis County community.
Acknowledge that immigrants are and will continue to be an integral part of the community.
How can the community adapt existing institutions, systems, and planning efforts to be more inclusive of immigrant populations?
How can the community develop or expand capacity to serve immigrant populations/address immigrant issues that fall outside the traditional service delivery system?
What initiatives are taking place within immigrant communities? How can local resources support them?
Some immigrant sub-populations have higher needs and encounter greater challenges.
Identify ways to improve service delivery to immigrants.
What information do different stakeholders need, and how can this information be appropriately delivered to different sectors?
What information systems and outreach/training efforts already exist? How can we build on them?
If comprehensive immigration reform occurs, what potential impacts could be expected on the local level? What planning or action would be needed?
Immigration systems, and the laws and policies related to them, are complex, changing and frequently unclear.
Convene stakeholders for information sharing.
What are the community’s interests in meeting the needs of immigrant residents?
What policies can be developed or modified locally?
How can the local community best communicate its messages and who is best situated to do it?
Federal, state, and local authorities often disagree on who is responsible for the immigration issue.
Austin Police Department, Office of the Community Liaison
Caritas of Austin
Casa Marianella / Posada Esperanza
City of Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs
City of Austin Health and Human Services Department
Consulate General of Mexico
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
Texas Council on Family Violence
Texas Rio Grade Legal Aid
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service
First Wednesday of the Month
Palm Square Building (100 N. IH-35, 78701)
10:30am – 12:00pm, Room 2307
Participation is welcome at all levels and all committees!