immigrant families, migration, immigrant nations


I became interested in this topic as I traveled around the country teaching. My wife and I work with teachers and social workers, training them to conduct a "strengthening families program" for parents and young adolescents. Many of these teachers and social workers serve recent immigrant families and, as I heard them tell of their work, they often told me that these families were unique because they were new immigrants. Yet as I listened, I was struck by how similar these immigrant families were to the families in the community where I grew up in northwest Iowa. The scripts were similar, only with different people and names. In this paper I wish to note how we have always been an immigrant nation and probably will always be one, and how migration today is both similar to and different from what we celebrate at this conference.