How do undocumented students enroll in higher education?
By Gaby Pacheco November 26, 2016
By: BY TANYA GOLASH BOZA AND BENIGNO MERLIN
“President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to deport millions of undocumented people, beginning on his first day in office. In response, students and faculty from 100 campuses around the United States have launched a campaign to demand that their universities become “sanctuaries” for undocumented students.
About 30,000 undocumented students enroll in higher education each year. Of these, fewer than 2,000 will graduate. Many of these students face financial difficulties. In addition, they lack mentoring and support.
We are sociologists at the University of California, Merced, and are currently working on a research project on undocumented students’ access to higher education. Our students and faculty too are demanding to be a “sanctuary campus.”
Many at this time also want to know how undocumented students are able to attend university if they do not have legal status.
There is a complex web of federal and state laws that both prevent and facilitate undocumented students’ access to higher education. In most states, students do not have to disclose their immigration status or provide a Social Security number when applying for university.”
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