IMMIGRATION, 1996 The League of Women Voters of Texas recognizes that cultural diversity is a source of strength. The League of Women Voters of Texas supports economic assistance to those areas of the state disproportionately impacted by immigration. This funding should come primarily from federal, state, and private sources such as corporations, churches, businesses, and foundations. Local assistance is also appropriate.
The League believes that the state should:
- encourage and fund English as a second language and other assimilation subjects for adult immigrants
- encourage bilingual information signs in public places where needed
- require and fund international symbols for all traffic signs.
The League believes the state should support local agencies and groups working with the immigrant population. State support is absolutely necessary for:
- language fluency for children
- emergency health care (including obstetrical delivery.)
Additionally, the state should support:
- language fluency education for adults administration of criminal justice programs
- assimilation programs
- housing programs
- job training and placement for immigrants.
The League believes that the state should provide additional assistance to school districts heavily impacted by immigration for:
- staff training
- instructional materials
- salaries for special skills teachers and aides
- facility construction
- curriculum development.
The League supports the establishment and utilization of an electronic system to verify immigration status. This system should include measures that will protect privacy and ensure accuracy. The system should be made available to:
- social service providers
- housing agencies
- criminal justice system.
The League supports the mandated compilation of statistics regarding immigrants' use of state services.
Reflecting a widespread interest in the subject, the LWV-TX board recommended and delegates to the 1995 LWV-TX Convention voted to study immigration issues in Texas. A study committee produced a Facts & Issues, Immigration: An American Paradox, which was distributed to League members, government officials and agencies, and other interested groups and individuals. Consensus was reached in the fall of 1996, and the state board approved the new position in November of that year.