Institute Professors’ Opinion Column Addresses Arizona

On June 2, the Arizona Daily Star published a public appeal from Stephen T. Russell and Andrea J. Romero to engage in “a rational, healthy dialogue so that we can find humane ways of addressing immigration reform — for the sake of the (state’s) children.”

According to the Arizona Department of Education, 41% of children in Arizona schools are Latino. They and their families may be wrongly targeted, Russell and Romero wrote, in spite of the fact that 92% of Latino children in the U.S. are citizens, according to the National Council of La Raza. Arizona has a duty to ensure the safety and health of its children, they said, “meaningful reform must consider the dignity and complexity of family life, and the health and safety of children.”

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Released date: 
Oct 28 2010