Unauthorized immigrant students in the United States: The current state of affairs and the role of public education

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Abstract

The number of unauthorized children and families in the U.S. is approaching a record high. Current estimates indicate that over five million youth in the U.S. are unauthorized immigrants or live in unauthorized families. These youth are at-risk to lose a parent or primary guardian to deportation as well as to experience serious disruptions in their academic and psychosocial functioning because of current U.S. immigration policies and practices. However, as institutions with a prerogative to provide all students with a free and appropriate education, public K-12 schools can provide necessary academic and behavioral supports to unauthorized students and families. With the goal of assisting this at-risk student population, this review addresses the current state of affairs faced by unauthorized U.S. students and families as well as public education's role in addressing the needs of these students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-68
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume77
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

Keywords

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Deportation
  • Detainment
  • Plyler v. Doe
  • Undocumented students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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