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ERIC Number: EJ874056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Defined by Limitations
Arriola, Sonya; Murphy, Katy
Journal of College Admission, n206 p27-28 Win 2010
Undocumented students are a population defined by limitations. Their lack of legal residency and any supporting paperwork (e.g., Social Security number, government issued identification) renders them essentially invisible to the American and state governments. They cannot legally work. In many states, they cannot legally drive. After the age of 18, they cannot travel on airplanes without government issued identification. With a life defined by limitations, what may appear to be a "typical" adolescence is anything but--undocumented students reside in two parallel worlds: one which requires them to keep secrets about family issues such as legal residency and sources of income; and another which, on a daily basis, asks them to believe in the power of education to change their circumstances. Undocumented students fit the profile of the first-generation student as well as the low-income student. They have an underdeveloped sense of postsecondary education--they know that a college degree will help them get a "good job," but if pressed to define a "good job," struggle with the answer. College counselors at public, private and charter schools along with college admission officers across the country are already struggling with the reality of undocumented students. It is their challenge, and their responsibility, to offer realistic college options. College counselors must work together with them to arrive at the best situation possible, even if it means revising students' dreams and constructing educational work-arounds with the help of colleges and donors if possible.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security