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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 5): Ways to Help

(This is the fifth of a five part series. Feel free to read part one, part two, part three, part four.) More than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from a United States high school each year. Since day one, society imposes the idea to future generations of students and their families that education is the key to […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 4): No One Understands Me

(This is a five part series. Read Part One here, part two here, and part three here.) I volunteered after school, during the summer, and even on the weekends for the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and City of Anaheim’s Youth Group. I kept this up until I went to high school and there I joined […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 3): The Rough Road to Graduation

(This is third in a five part series. Read PART ONE and PART TWO) The next three years weren’t going to be easy, but I had to do everything I possibly could to be ready for the challenge. I decided to be very proactive and think strategically of ways to prepare for the upcoming years. […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 1): A 2000 Mile Journey Across the Border

Nineteen-ninety marked the beginning of a new journey.  My family decided to cross the Rio Grande into the United States. I do not remember much of the journey, since I was only two years old, but my brothers were more aware of the situation at the time. Mexico was facing a recession.  Coming from a […]

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California DREAM Loan Program

A few weeks back, California Governor Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 1210 (SB 1210) into law. SB 1210 establishes the California DREAM Loan Program for undocumented immigrant students attending the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC). In short, undocumented immigrant students who qualify for reduced in-state academic fees (AB 540), […]

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Undocumented and Unwanted: Attending College Against the Odds

Late last year, LFB Scholarly Publishing approached me regarding publishing my dissertation in their series, The New Americans, edited by Steven J. Gold and Ruben G. Rumbaut. I was honored and excited at the opportunity to share the stories of nine undocumented immigrant college students with a larger audience. I devoted every weekend of winter […]

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The Pullias Center in 2013: New Year’s Predictions and Resolutions

After a week’s worth of lectures in Sydney I had a splendid time touring Western Australia. We trekked 60 kilometers in three days on the Bibbulmun Track (now we only have another 940 kilometers to complete its entire distance!). We also did our fair share of wine tasting along the Margaret River, visiting friends, and […]

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Undocumented Students and Higher Education: Future Directions

The next Congress and presidential administration might finally deliver the Dream Act or comprehensive immigration reform. In the meantime, DACA will undoubtedly impact the undocumented student experience in significant ways. Although an estimated 2 million young adults may be eligible for it, many will not be able benefit due to past legal troubles that disqualify […]

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Undocumented Students and Higher Education: Civic Engagement/Activism

Not surprisingly, the bulk of the academic research on undocumented students in recent years has focused on their activism. Their ability to influence policy at the local and national level continues to inspire academic interest in understanding how marginalized youth become empowered and how their efforts evolve into a social movement. Recently, it feels like […]

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Undocumented Students and Higher Education: Academic Success

A significant trend in the research on undocumented students is the focus on academic achievement and the ways in which the fortunate few that have been able to pass through the eye of the needle to access higher education. Various studies chronicle the daunting odds overcome by undocumented students who enter and graduate from college. […]

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