The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists
Foreword, Stella M. Flores
STELLA M. FLORES
In January 2015, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) released its list of top ten higher education state policy issues for the year (AASCU, 2015). The issue of undocumented student college access—the provision and retraction of in-state resident tuition policies, or state DREAM Acts—ranked fifth on that list. Currently, 18 states and multiple private institutions now offer in-state tuition resident policies while 6 states actively prohibit either the tuition break or ban enrollment for undocumented students at public colleges and universities. While the progress for educational equity has been slow, the mere recognition of the educational trajectories of undocumented students represents a remarkable sign of public notice on this issue as it has now penetrated the most critical policy venues for higher education in the United States. President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the most recent Executive Action proposals have provided a national spotlight for the state DREAM Act ← ix | x → policies at a level not previously seen by the current generation. The central question for these state and federal policy initiatives is whether these opportunities will be sustained and how these policy changes in legal status affect students and their families.
The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 1.75 million unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, meet the DACA specific criteria allowing them to be eligible for deportation relief under this initiative (Batalova & Mittelstadt, 2012). Approximately...
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