Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Educational Administration and Leadership, K-12: Ed.D.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
John F. Eller
Kay T. Worner
Roger B. Worner
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Migration Dreamers Deportation Mexican-American Migrant Education Minnesota
Several undocumented Mexicans and Mexican-Americans have returned to Mexico, whether by choice or deportation, including children and youth who were born and raised in Minnesota. The research for the case study explored reasons for migration of Mexican families from Morelos, Mexico, who migrated to Minnesota, United States and how deportation affected the education of their Mexican and Mexican–American children upon returning to Mexico. Furthermore, the study also explored Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) adult student’s education system barriers encountered in the Mexican education system as they returned to Mexico from the United States. Study results indicated it is imperative that collaboration regarding K-12 education takes place between the migrant education agencies in Mexico and those in Minnesota since many returning Mexican-American students to Mexico are citizens of the United States, and someday may return to their home state of Minnesota.
Study findings indicated that 90.3% of participants’ reasons for migration to Minnesota from Morelos, Mexico was the lack of employment, and 74.2% of the participants reported that they returned to Mexico voluntarily, either to avoid separation or deportation of families. Regarding the education in Morelos, Mexico, 67.7% of the participants described how the lack of academic support combined with a poor quality of education was affecting their children’s education.
Dimayuga-Bruggeman, Elia, "Children Without a Country: A Migration Educational Study of Mexicans in Minnesota" (2019). Culminating Projects in Education Administration and Leadership. 59.