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Being an Undocumented Immigrant—and Black—in College

Through organizing and activism—and the uproar surrounding the issue of immigration—the plight of undocumented youth has been forced onto the national political stage. From rallies and civil disobedience to protest marches and trips to Capitol Hill, a pattern begins to emerge of smart, hard-working, undocumented Latino students tackling enormous barriers to gain citizenship and college opportunities.

Yet when you pull back for a panoramic view, an interesting aspect comes into focus. The undocumented experience is more diverse racially and ethnically than commonly thought, and the backgrounds and life experiences of many young immigrants are more unique.