In this paper I examine what it mean to be “American” as an undocumented being, especially in a country that has such a rigid definition. How do the undocumented, especially students, fit into America? What part do they play, and do they “belong” even if it is the only place they have ever lived. The terms illegal alien, illegal immigrants, illegals, undocumented worke...
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...children out of school would lock them into the lowest socioeconomic class. While some may have seen this legislation as a step in the right direction for undocumented peoples, the struggle for educational fairness and opportunity for Latina/o’s continues to persist. As an undocumented youth continue to receive an education that is supposedly geared toward their civic participation, it does not account for the fact that they are unable to fully participate in that society. Regardless of the passage of Plyler, immigration legislation and anti-immigration policies specifically targeting the Latino population have been passed. Which is why legislation, for example the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, and policies like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) need to be passed in order to create access to jobs, education and security.
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