In this essay, Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco address one of the most critical challenges facing President Obama’s administration: meeting the educational needs of Latino and other immigrant children in the United States. The authors first provide a brief overview of past policies and agendas that have created a situation in which the educational and economic needs of immigrant children and their families remain grossly unmet. They then present three overarching principles to guide the Obama administration toward a more humane and effective policy agenda for immigrant children, and outline specific policy recommendations that reflect these principles to better serve this rapidly growing population and secure the future wellbeing of our nation.
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publishes widely in the areas of immigrant families and youth, immigrant-identity formation, immigrant-family separations, and gendered experiences of immigrant youth. Her books include Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society
(2008), Children of Immigration
(2001), and Transformations: Immigration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco
researches conceptual and empirical problems in cultural psychology and psychological anthropology, with a focus on immigration, globalization and education. He is the author of numerous scholarly essays, books, and edited volumes. His recent books include Latinos: Remaking America
(2009) and Learning in the Global Era: International Perspectives on Globalization and Education