A Daring Journey: From Immigration to Education

There are a growing number of articles and blog posts relevant to the immigrant experience in the United States.

We encourage you to visit the following sites for the most up-to-date news:

Huffington Post: Immigration Reform

Los Angeles Times: Immigration

Mother Jones: Immigration

The New York Times: Immigration and Emigration

Below, we offer a selection of recent articles that we feel may be useful.


Immigration Reform 2015: Undocumented Immigrants Appointed To Government Boards In California Town

A Southern California city has appointed two undocumented immigrants to serve on government panels, reported KPCC, a public radio station. The Huntington Park men will be considered volunteers and will not receive the monthly stipend that such officials normally receive. More...

International Business Times
August 4, 2015

Paid $1 to $3 a day, unauthorized immigrants keep family detention centers running

Delmi Cruz fled Honduras in September with her son Alexis, 11, illegally crossing the border into the U.S. and ending up at a family detention center in rural Texas. "I worked immediately," Cruz said. "In order to have something to eat, to buy treats for my son." Cruz, 36, cleaned bathrooms, hallways and other areas of the government-contracted detention center for $3 a day. At the commissary, a bag of potato chips cost $4, bottled water $2. The facility in Karnes City is run by Geo Group, the country's second-largest prison company. More...

Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2015

Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Children Detained by U.S.

A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration's detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a serious violation of a longstanding court settlement, and that the families should be released as quickly as possible. More...

The New York Times
July 25, 2015

Chico attorney recognized for immigrant advocacy

Chico attorney Sergio Garcia was presented with the prestigious Phillip Burton Advocacy Award Thursday in San Francisco. The award is given to the individual who shows exemplary leadership and commitment through advocacy, education and organizing work on behalf of immigrants and immigrant communities. More...

June 1, 2015

New Prize Rewards Economic Diversity at Colleges

Top colleges have many reasons to avoid enrolling a lot of low-income students. The students need financial aid, which can strain a university's budget. Although many of the students have stellar grades, they often have somewhat lower SAT scores than affluent students, which can hurt a university's ranking. Low-income students also tend to lack the campus sway of other groups, like athletes or children of alumni, in lobbying for admission slots. More...

The New York Times
April 7, 2015

What Undocumented Students Bring to the Classroom: Public discourse shouldn't focus on what immigrants "take" from America but rather on how they enhance the learning experiences for all the country's children.

Teaching requires flexibility, the ability to manage a class that could be made up of English-language learners, half-comatose stoners, and confident National Merit semi-finalists alike-and somehow inspire all factions. At the California public school where I currently teach, the population is roughly two-thirds Latino; the ratio was far larger on my last campus. Some of these students are undocumented and, in my experience, likely to have language-acquisition needs, contend with family and work obligations, and feel alienated in the school community. More...

The Atlantic
April 13, 2015

Package of Bills Seeks to Protect Undocumented Immigrants in State

Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento made one thing crystal clear Tuesday as they touted a package of 10 bills aimed at expanding the rights of undocumented Californians: They are doing this because Congress will not. More...

April 7, 2015

Illegal immigrant children surge across border at highest rate since last summer�..s peak

The second wave of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children has begun, with more than 3,000 of them surging across the Mexican border into the U.S. last month-the highest rate since the peak of last summer's crisis and a warning that another rough season could be ahead. More...

The Washington Times
April 6, 2015

SVCF Will Work With County Government To Help Undocumented Immigrant Families: $1.8 million from County of Santa Clara will fund outreach, education and legal support

By unanimous vote of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Silicon Valley Community Foundation will receive $1.8 million in funding to support undocumented immigrants eligible for administrative relief in the immigration process. The funds were approved Feb. 26 and are a part of the county's Immigrant Family Relations Implementation Plan. More...

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
March 4, 2015

The Green Monster: How the Border Patrol became America's most out-of-control law enforcement agency.

Gil Kerlikowske was hoping to make it through at least his first week on the job without being awakened in the middle of the night. President Barack Obama's new head of Customs and Border Protection, Kerlikowske could have used a week of quiet as he began to figure out the nation's largest law enforcement agency, with its 46,000 gun-carrying Customs officers and Border Patrol agents and massive $12.4 billion annual budget. He didn't get it. On his sixth night after taking office in March, a Border Patrol agent's single gunshot 1,500 miles away from Washington interrupted Kerlikowske's sleep. The gunshot itself wasn't all that surprising; Border Patrol agents regularly open fire on suspected smugglers, border crossers and people harassing them from across the Mexican line. So often, in fact, that the agency doesn't even bother to release details on most shooting incidents. But this wasn�..t a regular shooting incident. More...

November/December 2014

11 Tips for Undocumented Students Applying to College

Currently 18 states allow in-state tuition for undocumented students and three states prohibit it. So while there are certainly more barriers for undocumented students when it comes to getting a college education, it's far from impossible. To help undocumented students apply to and pay for college, NerdScholar reached out to the experts who offered these 11 tips. More...

Nerd Wallet
November 6, 2014

Could California's Migrant Children be Poised to Get Legal Help?

Imagine being nine years old, fleeing violence, poverty and other social problems in your home nation. You've arrived at a new country billed as the promised land, only to be swept into a detention facility with horrific conditions, and now, you're facing off against a judge in court. You don't understand the language, you don't know why you're in court, and you're all alone, without a lawyer. When the gavel falls with your deportation order, you still don't understand what just happened. More...

August 29, 2014

How Immigrants Without Legal Status Can Pay for College: Scholarships, state aid and tuition payment plans can help make college a financial reality for some immigrant students.

More than 1 million immigrant children without legal status reportedly live in the United States. Roughly 65,000 graduate from high school each year, but experts estimate that fewer than 6,500 go on to attend college. Two major barriers-a lack of information and assistance-often prevent immigrant teens without legal permission from continuing their education, says Laura Bohorquez, coordinator of the DREAM Educational Empowerment Program at United We Dream, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy organization. More...

U.S. News & World Report
August 15, 2014

Cheating Immigrants: the Real "Fraud" in the Immigration System

If you need more reasons to distrust lawyers, ask an immigrant. They might be able to tell you a thing or two about the vast cottage industry that has cropped up around immigration law. A case reported in the New York Times illustrates the perils that immigrants face as they navigate a shady bureaucracy, relying on private lawyers who promise to help them work the system: More...

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