Finalist

An Underground College for Undocumented Immigrants
Feature Writing: Magazines and Weeklies

About the Entry

After being turned away from universities due to their uncertain immigration status, determined students — aided by professors sympathetic to their plight — find another way to continue their educations.

Entry Credit

  • Jonathan Blitzer, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Comments from the Judges

“This was a novel — and super-important — idea. I appreciated the fact that we got to know a few people involved and to follow them.

“Jonathan Blitzer has produced a riveting read that brings us into the undercovered world of undocumented students. The piece is a delight to read, filled with the kind of compelling anecdotes and quotes that make it impossible to put down.”

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