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Removing Barriers to Postsecondary Success for Undocumented Students in Southern New Mexico

  • Author(s): Lopez, Magaly N.;
  • Mojtahedi, Zahra;
  • Ren, Wanmeng;
  • Turrent-Hegewisch, Renata
  • et al.

As of 2014, there were approximately 11 million undocumented people living in the United States and an estimated 200,000 to 225,000 undocumented students enrolled in college. Nationally, undocumented students are significantly less likely than U.S. born citizens to complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education. This brief will illustrate the need for greater resources and engagement on social equity and immigrant rights issues. It also highlights the role that government, community-based organizations, educational institutions, and foundations can play in removing barriers to postsecondary success for undocumented students, especially for those living in hostile environments.

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