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“It’s Not Just a Latino Issue”: Policy Recommendations to Better Support a Racially Diverse Population of Undocumented Students


Even though almost a quarter of undocumented immigrants are not of Latina/o origin, most academic research and institutional support policies have heavily emphasized the experiences and needs of Latina/o undocumented students. This report highlights the experiences of non-Latina/o undocumented college students in an effort to provide insight into how educators, organizers, and interested stakeholders can better support the needs of a racially diverse undocumented student population. We find that the racialization of undocumented immigration as a Latina/o issue differentiates the experiences of Latina/o and non-Latina/o undocumented students by creating disparities in their access to material resources and social support. Building upon these findings, we draw specific policy recommendations that will help better support all undocumented students’ access to and persistence in higher education.


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