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  • KeylaTorres_WrightAida Rodriguez

    Palm Beach State College
    Country of origin: Mexico

    Aida Rodriguez, a native of Mexico, received her…

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    Wright College
    Country of origin: Honduras

    Keyla Torres, an immigrant from Honduras, started anew at Wright College in…
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    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Brazil

    When Vitor Granja first moved to this country…

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    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Cuba

    “I’m very grateful for the…

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    LaGuardia Community College
    Country of origin: Haiti

    Giana Saloman was born in Haiti.…

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    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Ghana

    Growing up in Ghana, I dreamed of…

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    Johnson County Community College
    Country of Origin: India

    "Watch your thoughts, they become words.…

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    South Texas College
    Country of origin: Mexico

    At first glance, 18 year old Cecilia…

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    Miami Dade College
    Country of Origin: Ecuador

    Fernando Villavicencio migrated three years ago from his native…

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    Miami Dade College
    Country of Origin: Haiti

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Reports & Articles: Undocumented Students & DREAM Act

DREAMING BIG: What Community Colleges Can Do to Help Undocumented Immigrant Youth Achieve Their Potential

September 2012. Jill Casner-Lotto. Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education

This report provides offers community colleges promising practices and recommendations to serve undocumented students in five critical areas: increasing college access, making college affordable, supporting college readiness and success, offering alternatives for adult learners, and improving college retention and completion.The report also highlights federal and state measures to increase postsecondary educational access for undocumented students, including in-state tuition and financial aid policies; describes the challenges facing undocumented students, and illustrates the economic and social benefits of improving educational access for this population. Read the full report. Read the executive summary

At Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona

September 2012. Young undocumented immigrants who receive work permits through President Barack Obama's deferred-action program may be eligible to pay lower in-state tuition. Read more...

Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students

2012. Alejandra Rincón. College Board

Undocumented immigrants face tremendous difficulties when seeking a higher education. The imposition of out-of-state tuition fees effectively keeps them out of college in most of the United States. In 14 states, in-state tuition laws allow these students to pay lower fees and, in a few cases, access state financial aid. However, even in these 14 states, undocumented students, their families and educators face several difficulties when trying to access information on admission policies, financial aid and scholarships, as well as on support organizations.   College Board has created this report to help. Read more…

Relief from Deportation: Demographic Profile of DREAMers Potentially Eligible under the Deferred Action Policy

August 2012.  Jeanne Batalova and Michelle Mittelstadt.  Migration Policy Institute

There are approximately 1.76 million unauthorized immigrant young adults and children in the United States who currently are — or in the future would be — potential beneficiaries of the deferred action initiative, which was announced by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on June 15, 2012. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it expects to begin accepting applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative on August 15, 2012.  Qualified applicants for deferred action would receive a two-year reprieve from possible deportation, and applicants who demonstrate an economic necessity would also receive work authorization. Recipients of deferred action could apply for renewal of their status and work authorization.  Click here to read the complete demographic profile.

Higher Education Access for Undocumented Students: Recommendations for Counseling Professionals

Winter 2010.  William Perez.  Jounal of College Admission

College-eligible undocumented students exhibit high levels of academic achievement, civic engagement and resilience. Many overcome academic and socio-emotional barriers through social and moral support from family, peers, school agents and academic programs. As a result of the state residency tuition eligibility across the 10 states where most undocumented students reside, more than ever, community colleges and public universities are serving an important role in educating low-income, undocumented students. This article provides several research-informed suggestions for counseling professionals on how to best support higher education access for undocumented students.  Read more…

"Cursed and Blessed": Examining the Socioemotional and Academic Experiences of Undocumented and Academic Experiences of Undocumented Latina and Latino College Students

Fall 2010. William Pérez, Richard D. Cortés, Karina Ramos, Heidi Coronado.  Chapter in New Directions for Student Services

Although many undocumented high school students are demonstrated student leaders with records of outstanding academic achievement, their higher education prospects in the United States are limited due to their legal status. Many of these students enter higher education with academic and emotional challenges that need to be understood and addressed by student affairs professionals. Read more…


No DREAMers Left Behind: The Economic Potential of DREAM Act Beneficiaries 

September 2010. Raúl Hinojosa Ojeda and Paule Cruz Takash with Gerardo Castillo, Gilmar Flores, Adriana Monroy and Delory Sargeant. North American Integration and Development Center (UCLA).  

This study examines the potential economic benefits over a 40-year period of DREAM Act beneficiaries by looking at the estimated number of individuals that would qualify for status under the bill and then calculating the income of potential beneficiaries over that time period, representative of the work life of 25-65 year-old employed individuals. Numbers of potential beneficiaries are based upon the most recent Migration Policy Institute estimates.  The report concludes that legalization and education of the affected population could generate between $1.4 trillion and $3.6 trillion (in current dollars) over the 40 years, depending on the number of individuals that are ultimately eligible for legalization.

Learning to Be Illegal: Undocumented Youth and Shifiting Legal Contexts in Transition to Adulthood

August 2011.  Roberto G. Gonzales.  American Sociological Review

This article examines the transition to adulthood among 1.5-generation undocumented Latino young adults. For them, the transition to adulthood involves exiting the legally protected status of K to 12 students and entering into adult roles that require legal status as the basis for participation. This collision among contexts makes for a turbulent transition and has profound implications for identity formation, friendship patterns, aspirations and expectations, and social and economic mobility. Undocumented children move from protected to unprotected, from inclusion to exclusion, from de facto legal to illegal. In the process, they must learn to be illegal, a transformation that involves the almost complete retooling of daily routines, survival skills, aspirations, and social patterns. These findings have important implications for studies of the 1.5- and second-generations and the specific and complex ways in which legal status intervenes in their coming of age.  Read more


Young Lives on Hold: The College Dreams of Undocumented Students

April 2009. Roberto G. Gonzales. College Board.

About 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year to encounter significant barriers to higher education and continued development. As a result, only a small fraction of these youth attend college. The report calls for a humane and comprehensive resolution to the legal barriers that hinder undocumented students from going to college and participating fully in society. It promotes the DREAM Act as a bipartisan policy solution that would open the door to college for tens of thousands of students.
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Update: State Policies Regarding In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

March 2007. Achieving the Dream, Jobs for the Future.

This policy brief updates the earlier January 2005 brief Access to Community College for Undocumented Students: A Guide for State Policymakers, which noted that about 20 states had introduced bills providing in-state tuition to undocumented immigrant  students, and seven states had passed legislation awarding in-state tuition to these students. In 2006, the number of states that had introduced legislation rose to 30. By 2007, ten states had passed legislation awarding in-state tuition to students.
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Access to Community College for Undocumented Immigrants: A Guide for State PolicyMakers

 January 2005. Radha Roy Biswas. Achieving the Dream Initiative, Jobs for the Future.
This policy brief highlights actions taken by states and institutions to improve the access of undocumented students to education opportunities. Focused on five states participating in the Initiative and experiencing large or rapidly growing immigrant populations: Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Also looks at recent developments in several other states, including Kansas and Arizona.
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