When College is Illegal: Undocumented Latino/a Youth and Mobilizing Social Support for Educational Attainment in South Carolina

  title={When College is Illegal: Undocumented Latino/a Youth and Mobilizing Social Support for Educational Attainment in South Carolina},
  author={Benjamin J. Roth},
  journal={Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research},
  pages={539 - 561}
  • Benjamin J. Roth
  • Published 28 September 2017
  • Education, Sociology
  • Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research
Objective: There are an estimated 1.9 million undocumented immigrants in the United States who came to the U.S. as children. Undocumented youths cannot work legally anywhere in the U.S., and state laws barring access to higher education further influence their social mobility. Theory suggests that social ties to teachers and other key individuals might provide a buffer against such a restrictive context, but we know little about how such ties form. This study explores how undocumented students… 

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