NEWS RELEASE: Immigration: A Right or a Privilege? Discussion Sept. 14

As the mosque controversy fuels the debate over immigration policy reforms, Muzaffar A. Chishti, a lawyer and director of Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University School of Law, will discuss “Immigration: A Right or a Privilege?” on Tuesday, September 14 at Pace University’s Constitution Day celebration on its downtown New York City campus in the Student Union, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Open to the public.

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“Immigration: A Right or a Privilege?”  – A discussion at Pace University’s Constitution Day celebration Tuesday, September 14

As the mosque controversy fuels the debate over immigration policy reforms, Muzaffar A. Chishti, a lawyer and director of Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University School of Law, will discuss “Immigration: A Right or a Privilege?” on Tuesday, September 14 at Pace University’s Constitution Day celebration on its downtown New York City campus in the Student Union, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Open to the public.

Pace University Pulse Survey: America’s Immigration Policy

The latest Pace University Pulse Survey conducted by Pace University’s Lubin School of Business shows 86 percent of citizens in the tri-state region around New York City think United States policy on immigration and patrolling the borders is making the nation at least “somewhat vulnerable” to terrorism.

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PACE UNIVERSITY PULSE SURVEY: America’s Immigration Policy

Poll shows citizens feel U.S. immigration and border policies make nation vulnerable to terrorism

White Plains, New York – January 9, 2003 – The latest Pace University Pulse Survey conducted by Pace University’s Lubin School of Business shows 86 percent of citizens in the tri-state region around New York City think United States policy on immigration and patrolling the borders is making the nation at least “somewhat vulnerable” to terrorism.

The survey was designed by graduate students of the Lubin School and administered in December. Of particular interest:

· While the vast majority of those surveyed think current immigration and border patrol policies are making the nation somewhat vulnerable, 100 percent of those 50 and above (14 percent of the sample) say they feel this “strongly.”

· Two-thirds believe America’s overall policy on illegal aliens is “too soft.” When questioned about the policy of granting “automatic” citizenship to the children of illegal aliens,” respondents softened: only 51 percent said it should be ended.

· Fewer than half say the Border Patrol and the Immigration and Naturalization Service are doing “somewhat of a good job” or better.

· 59 percent say they approve of cultural “profiling” for safety purposes.

· Half indicate the September 11 terrorist attacks have altered their views on immigration.

“The voice of the people is clear. There is a strong desire for control of our borders and immigration,” said James S. Gould, Ph.D., the professor of marketing at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business whose course conducts the Pulse Surveys. The results suggest, he said, that “Our nation’s immigration policy can not and must not be a political strategy.”

The Pulse findings are based on 157 responses from residents of the tri-state area. A sampling error of +/- 7 percent is expected. No clear disparity emerged between the opinions of males and females, who each roughly made up half of the sampled population. Overall, the respondents had similar backgrounds. Eighty-five percent were between the ages of 20-49; 83 percent possessed an undergraduate college degree or higher.

Pace University Pulse Surveys are conducted under the direction of Professor Gould, using a state-of-the-art survey methodology developed by Alternative Technology Corporation, Hastings-on-Hudson NY. Previous survey topics include public smoking, property taxes, U.S. policy on Iraq and voter preferences for New York candidates. The objective of the Pulse project is to acquaint students with survey methods while obtaining information of potential interest to the public.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

Economic Benefits and Emerging Community Issues of Latinos in Westchester Is Topic of Forum at Pace University, September 28

“During the 1990s, 53,000 new immigrants settled in Westchester, many of them from Spanish-speaking countries. In the 2000s, we expect this trend to continue and grow,” said Andy Spano, Westchester county executive. “While this new diversity brings vitality to Westchester, it also challenges us to find ways to make our new residents feel welcome and help them assimilate.”

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WHITE PLAINS, N. Y. – “During the 1990s, 53,000 new immigrants settled in Westchester, many of them from Spanish-speaking countries. In the 2000s, we expect this trend to continue and grow,” said Andy Spano, Westchester county executive. “While this new diversity brings vitality to Westchester, it also challenges us to find ways to make our new residents feel welcome and help them assimilate.”

Pace University’s Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management, the Westchester Hispanic Coalition, the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and Westchester County will host a forum, Latinos in Westchester: Economic Benefits and Emerging Community Issues, for municipal leaders, community advocates and interested citizens on Thursday, September 28. The workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet supper at Pace’s Graduate Center, One Martine Avenue, in White Plains. The fee (which includes dinner) is $25.

“Latinos in Westchester is a place where community leaders can exchange ideas on the topics of housing, recreation, cultural differences and community policing,” said Spano. The keynote presentations will address Emerging Latino Communities and Their Impact on Your Community by Arnoldo H. Resendez, Vice President for Technical Assistance and Constituency Support, National Council of La Raza; and The Social and Economic Impact of Immigration in the New York Metropolitan Area, by Dr. Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate School.

“We need to work collaboratively, local government, business organizations, and leading educational institutions, like Pace University, to insure that the needs of the Latino populations are met,” said Anthony Cupaiuolo, director of the Michaelian Institute. Workshop sessions include discussions of recreation, culture and education, housing and code enforcement, police and community relations, and organizing and insuring the rights of day laborers. “The conference workshops will provide participants with the best practice for each of the issues that will be discussed,” said Cupaiuolo.

The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management and its legal research affiliate, the Municipal Law Resource Center (MLRC), respond to the needs of the public and not-for-profit sectors for governance and management training and development and for research and support to enhance their operations. The Michaelian Institute and the MLRC are part of Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

The Westcheser Hispanic Coalition is a private, not-for-profit human services agency dedicated to the economic and social development of the Latino community by implementing programs that facilitate greater community integration. Founded in 1974, the Coalition is uniquely qualified to articulate the concerns of Latino immigrants in Westchester.

The Westchester Municipal Officials Association provides a forum for all of Westchester’s 45 cities, towns and villages to discuss issues of mutual concern. The association studies and discusses activities and actions that will have a beneficial effect upon the public safety, health and welfare of its members’ citizenry.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.