Uncovering the reality of undocumented student access to higher education across state borders
By Natalie Delgadillo, Ryan Nelson and Angie Wang
Undocumented students face wildly different life circumstances depending on the state they live in - and each state has its own story to tell.
U.S. legislation ascribes a small group of undocumented students the "good immigrant" narrative, yet relegates their families to shame, stigma and perpetual fear of deportation.
Undocumented students' individual stories are diverse and variable, but they are also often rooted in the same legal insecurity, deep uncertainty and fierce hope for the future.
The University of California does not have a robust enough legal system to support undocumented students at all the campuses argues Opinion columnist Ryan Nelson.
Over the course of the project, several undocumented students shared their stories, recounting their journeys into the U.S., the hardships they've encountered and the activism they partake in to incite change.
In the face of unforgiving state and federal policies and enormous individual struggle, undocumented students in California and Georgia fight for themselves and their families.
Good intentions don't always lead to good results when advocacy is involved, argues Columnist Ryan Nelson.
The leaders and supporters of several passionate activist organizations have every reason to dedicate themselves to the cause, and shared some of them with us.
Learn about the project and the foundation that funded the reporting.