Learning to Be Illegal

  title={Learning to Be Illegal},
  author={Roberto G. Gonzales},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={602 - 619}
This article examines the transition to adulthood among 1.5-generation undocumented Latino young adults. For them, the transition to adulthood involves exiting the legally protected status of K to 12 students and entering into adult roles that require legal status as the basis for participation. This collision among contexts makes for a turbulent transition and has profound implications for identity formation, friendship patterns, aspirations and expectations, and social and economic mobility… 

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