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27 N.C.J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 393 (2001-2002)
Postsecondary School Education Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants: Promises and Pitfalls

handle is hein.journals/ncjint27 and id is 401 raw text is: Postsecondary School Education Benefits for
Undocumented Immigrants: Promises and Pitfalls
Victor C. Romero*
I. The Problem: Producing Highly Educated Farmworkers
Carmen Medina is the Executive Director of the Adams
County Delinquency Prevention Program, a state-sponsored
initiative designed to attend to the needs of school-age children in
south central Pennsylvania.' While perhaps best known as the site
* Professor of Law, Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law.
J.D., 1992, University of Southern California; B.A., 1987, Swarthmore College. I would
like to thank Tamesha Keel and Hiroshi Motomura for inviting me to participate in this
Symposium, and my co-participants whose comments helped improve this piece; Matt
Hughson and Gwenn McCollum for their excellent research assistance; Suzanne
Benchoff (Director, Migrant and ESL Programs, Lincoln Intermediate Unit, New
Oxford, PA), Pedro Cortes (Executive Director, Governor's Advisory Commission on
Latino Affairs, PA), Melissa Landrau-Rodriguez (College Assistance Migrant Program,
Pennsylvania State University), Carmen Medina (Executive Director of the Adams
County Delinquency Prevention Program), Sharon Price (Aide to Pennsylvania State
Representative Stephen R. Maitland), and Bob Reilly (Legislative Assistant to
Congressman Todd R. Platts, R-PA), for lending me their expertise on this complex
subject; my law school and university colleagues Stephanie Bjorklund, Dorie Evensen,
Ken Gray, Jay Mootz, Bob Rains, Jane Rigler, and John Stuhr for their help with the
education as work theory I espouse here; Peter Glenn for his generous funding of this
and many other projects; and most especially, Michael Olivas, for his pioneering work in
this field and his tireless advocacy of these issues. As always, I thank my wife, Corie,
my son, Ryan, and my family in the Philippines for their untiring love and support. All
errors that remain are mine alone.
I More specifically, Ms. Medina runs a program called Generacion Diez:
Generacion Diez is an after-school program in Adams County, Pennsylvania,
that aims to address major problems affecting the growing migrant community
in the area. Specifically, its goals are: 1) to reduce school failure and absences
in migrant children; 2) to improve the children's study and social skills and
promote social-emotional competence; 3) to provide migrant parents with
instrumental and social support and improved access to social service resources;
and 4) to increase parent-teacher involvement and cooperation. Intensive
English as a Second Language (ESL) and social skills classes, home visits, and
school collaboration are among the strategies employed by Generacion Diez to
achieve these goals. The program was first implemented in October 1998, with
the support and collaboration of the PA Department of Public Welfare's Office

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