Undocumented students are becoming a growing outrage in the United States. It has been a constant battle amongst the students, the schools, and the Government. According to collegeboard.com, statistics shows that 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year (collegeboard.com).After graduating high school they face legal and financial barriers to higher education. This paper will address the importance of this growing outrage and discuss the following that corresponds to it.
• Definition of the term “ Undocumented Students”
• The three main obstacles for higher education (admission, tuition, and financial aid)
• Arizona’s new immigration law
• The D.R.E.A.M act
The term “undocumented students” is given to the children of foreign nationals who entered the United States legally with their families, but remained without an authorization. In some cases they have crossed the border illegally as children with their parents at a very young age, some as young as infants. These children have lived more years in the U.S. than their birth countries, and have attended K-12, and earning high school diplomas.
After graduating high schools most of these students will stumble upon the next phase of their educational plan as they are not able to continue toward higher education. The classic three main obstacles are (admission, tuition, and financial aid). Depending on what state they reside, there are strict laws preventing them from pursuing higher education. For example, in the state of Virginia where upon applying to school, a student must show legal presence (collegeboard.com).
The second obstacle is paying for school since they are not granted residence status. According to UCSC, the cost to attend higher education will range from $15,000- $40,000 (Ucsc.com). Keeping in mind the third obstacle which not being able to qualify for financial aid can be the end point for a lot of students.
The state of Arizona has issued a new state law which enables police officers to act as immigration officers. With this underestimated powers given to the police, it will cause a lot of problems, and sensitivities to all the legal and illegal immigrants (Cnn.com). Undocumented students residing Arizona will be in a constant fear of being deported since any minor issue such as calling the police for help in any case given can put their lives in the danger of deportation. It’s only a matter of time if the government doesn’t stop this act,...