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What immigration school experience do you have?

I was wondering what immigration school experiences people in the U.S. have. Are there any differences in how to approach this issue? Do immigrant children get the same treatment and conditions concerning their education? Do teachers or the principle have to know that your family is immigrant? And what about education for immigrant adults? Do we have an opportunity to at least go to college in this country? Do they even agree to teaching immigrant students? Maybe take some course for the starters?

Basically, I’m interested in everything that has to do with immigrant education from the kindergarten to the higher education degrees.

Timothy Norman

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Jennifer Patterson on May 15, 2018

I believe that immigrants in this country have many opportunities to get decent education and even build their businesses. There are many successful people among my friends. Personally, I’m no immigrant. However, I know many cases when people who have migrated from other countries reached more than an average American citizen. I think the main difference is that immigrants are determined to do their best to become successful. They devote so much time and attention to their businesses. While those people who are lucky to be born here think that everything will be ready for them when they require it. That is why teaching an immigrant student may be even easier than dealing with a self-absorbed legal citizen. I’m not saying that everybody born in the U.S. behaves like this. I’m just talking about the majority of youth who don’t think about the future much. Obviously, it is better to have a general view of your plans for the future than constantly parting with without any worries.

Unfortunately, immigrant adults education is a little bit more complicated. While children and teens have many opportunities, adults have to face more problems. You can always take some courses that will not give you a diploma but provide with the necessary knowledge to apply for a job. Fortunately, many companies today value practical skills and knowledge more than a degree. So, you still have chances to build your career. For those people who have some legal status in the country, colleges and universities are possible as well. Moreover, you can even expect a scholarship. In some cases, immigrants are eligible to get the federal financial aid. If you want to have a plan B or are not sure whether you will get federal support, private companies are an option. In often happens so that a college can accept immigrant students, but has no budget for their scholarships. So, you better apply for a third-party company. Some of them support the pro-immigrant movement and will give you everything they can.

I haven’t stumbled upon any specialized schools for immigrants, so, I cannot tell you whether this is an option. I believe there should be small private establishments that specialize in immigrant education. Just like with any other social group, its representatives form communities meant to support anyone who needs help. Finding the members of immigrant communities is the best option for you. 

Craig Stewarta year ago

I don’t think this is necessary to inform your school that your family is immigrant. I know many people who hide the fact that don’t bother school administration with the fact. I believe that they are doing it for their children. Though the discrimination based on race or national origin is prohibited, it is hard to change everyone’s opinion just with one rule. People are entitled to have their own opinion and, sometimes, we have to admit that we are biased. Teachers at school and especially children can be biased as well. Besides, children are rather cruel in term of their peers. It’s no wonder that some immigrants are hiding their statuses.

Education for immigrant adults is a little bit trickier, I agree. There are fewer opportunities. However, I’m also very glad that people start to support immigrants in our country more and more! 


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