Postsecondary School Education Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants: Promises and Pitfalls

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Victor C. Romero

The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) – Penn State Law

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

Should longtime undocumented immigrants have the same opportunity as lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens to attend state colleges and universities? There are two typical justifications for denying them such opportunities. First, treating undocumented immigrants as in-state residents discriminates against U.S. citizen nonresidents of the state. Second, and more broadly, undocumented immigration should be discouraged as a policy matter, and therefore allowing undocumented immigrant children equal opportunities as legal residents condones and perhaps encourages "illegal" immigration. This essay responds to these two concerns by surveying state and federal solutions to this issue.

Suggested Citation

Romero, Victor C., Postsecondary School Education Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants: Promises and Pitfalls (2002). North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Vol. 27, No. 393, 2002; Penn State Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2713965

Victor C. Romero (Contact Author)

The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) – Penn State Law ( email )

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States

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