Marcelo Suarez-Orozco: The Future For Children Of Undocumented Immigrants
In his landmark study, "Growing Up In The Shadows," he says that nearly 5 million U.S. children are at risk of “lower educational performance, economic stagnation, blocked mobility and ambiguous belonging,” due to their parents' illegal status. He also notes: "[This] affects cognitive development, engagement in school, and [a child’s] ability to be [an] emerging citizen.” These issues continue as the children age, as well. Licensing, school tuition, and job applications are just three of the areas where children of non-documented immigrants face barriers later in life. Studies like his, and new ones that are being commissioned now, help shed light on the unintended consequences that immigration policies have on children. Suarez-Orozco argues this is especially important given that children of immigrants are the fastest-growing child demographic in the country.
A distinguished voice on immigration and diversity issues, Suarez-Orozco has delivered lectures to a wide array of audiences internationally. He discusses the way that globalization and large-scale immigration are affecting the nation's youth, and why important changes need to be made in the education sector and public policy to ensure these children become informed citizens. He has written many books and papers on these topics—and he brings his vast knowledge of the changing social landscape to his eye-opening presentations. America is changing, he argues, and we need to shift our thinking to ensure all of her residents have the tools they need to succeed.