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Latino Higher Education and Immigration - Related Factors

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Goal Statement   one sentence that further defines the topic 

  • To increase access to higher education for all Latinos through comprehensive immigration reform. 


Policy Options / Program Models   specific policies or program models, grouped by type, that are profiled 

  • The Dream Act — The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors: DREAM Act 2009
    • DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that addresses the situation faced by young people who were brought to the United States years ago as undocumented immigrant children and who have since grown up here, stayed in school, and kept out of trouble. Qualifications are:
      • (1) entered the United States at the age of 15 or younger and are under 30 on the date

        of the bill’s enactment;

      • (2) they have been continuously present in the country for at least five years prior to the bill’s enactment;
      • (3) they have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent; and (4) they can demonstrate good moral character.[1] See also[2]


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Glossary of Terms   key words or phrases that the layperson needs to know to understand this issue 

  • Documented: is a legalized adult or child who has acquired permission from the federal government to reside in the United States. This includes a person who has permanent resident status or becomes naturalized through a federally approved process.

  • 1.5 Generation: immigrant children who straddle the old and the new worlds but are fully part of neither. They are not first-generation immigrants because they did not choose to migrate (usually in the early teens or younger), but neither do they belong to the second generation because they were born and spent part of their childhood outside of the United States.

  • Second-generation: children born in the United States who, thereby, possess legal documentation and have at least one immigrant parent.
  • Immigrant children: children of the 1.5 generation who are below the age of eighteen and migrated to the United States possibly without proper documentation
  • Children of immigrants: refers to both U.S.-born and foreign-born children with at least one immigrant parent


  1. National Immigration Law Center, DREAM Act Basic Information, (March 2009), http://www.nilc.org/immlawpolicy/DREAM/dream-basicinfo-2009-02-19.pdf
  2. Roberto G. Gonzalez, "Young Lives on Hold: The College Dreams of Undocumented Students", College Board Advocacy: April 2009

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