Civil Society’s Answer to Migration: Education

In my last post, I expanded on the importance of permanent residents in the United States to express consent. I will not attempt to provide a mechanism by which native-born citizens can accomplish, but I would like to return to the particular group on which this blog is focused – undocumented immigrants who enter the United States at a young age. I previously suggested that it is irrelevant (at least in this discussion) whether these individuals consented to come to the United States, but that it is essential for them to explicitly agree to be governed and to join the civil society if they intend to stay.

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Citizenship, Consent, and the Undocumented Immigrant

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In the last installment, I discussed consent as it pertains to young migrants entering a new state. Despite the United States’ physical and legal hurdles for immigrants, as well as the bitter anti-immigrant sentiment (which has been amplified by the economic downturn and the ubiquitous manifestations of the War on Terror), immigrants continue to make the treacherous journey, enter the United States, and establish new lives for themselves.  However, children present an interesting dilemma. Previously, I suggested that rationality was superfluous, as children do not possess this faculty until they have reached the elusive “Age of Reason,” and the form of consent of children when choosing to cross an international border is irrelevant. This is because, whether they are mature for their age and aware or very young and naïve, if the motivation to join a new community combined with a right and/or the ability to traverse borders exists, people will naturally do so.

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WWJLD: What Would John Locke Do?

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Recently, there has been a lot of media attention focused on immigration, citizenship, the DREAM Act, and what qualifies as being “American.” Undoubtedly, much of this press was inspired by Independence Day celebrations, but I hope the holiday does not overshadow the political fireworks spurred by the legislative crackdowns on undocumented immigrants in Georgia, Alabama, Utah, and Arizona. While I do not intend to engage in any form of advocacy here, I believe the new state immigration laws, television specials, such as
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Which Way Home: Uncovering the Motivations of Undocumented Immigrants

Since I began my research of undocumented immigrants late last year, I was under the impression that the greater part of young, undocumented children arrive in the United States in the company of their parents or another guardian (presumably related by blood). Perhaps this was the result of my fairly sheltered upbringing: my parents were wary of allowing me to cross our quiet suburban street by myself before age eight, let alone allow me to traverse the entire length of a country.

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