“Illegal Children” in Neo-conservative Discourse on Citizenship: Implications for Language Policy

8:15 - 11:15am

Dallas Ballroom A1

Presented at: American Association for Applied Linguistics 2013 Conference

This paper, included in the colloquium session, Language Policies and (dis)Citizenship: Moving Beyond Passports and Visas, analyzes the emergence and impact of the neoconservative construct of ‘illegal children’ within the context of language minority educational language policies. Utilizing interpretive policy analysis, it focuses on the U.S. national immigration debate and the dehumanizing assault on the educational rights of language minority children.