Additional Information for Undocumented Students

Reports:

  • The context of having a parent, sibling or relative without documentation, or not being documented oneself, is a unique stressor that cannot solely be understood as generic stress or trauma. This brief guide is designed to provide an overview of detention, deportation, and other immigration status-related stress and its effect on children and families, as well as suggestions for how school personnel can support them.
  • The Department of Education has published this 2015 Guide for Supporting Undocumented Youth in secondary and post-secondary settings.
  • The Immigrant Students National Position Paper is a 2013 study of the situation of undocumented students at the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and the institutional practices that affect those students.
  • The UndocuScholars Project of UCLA has put together this 2015 report to shed light on the range and complexities of undocumented undergraduates’ experiences.
  • United We Dream: A Portrait of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Recipients is a 2015 report on the experiences of DACA recipients in the three years following the program’s inception.
  • The American Psychological Association has produced a video entitled "Undocumented Americans," in which three undocumented youth share their stories of how they are fighting hard to achieve their piece of the American dream. This video calls for valuing the contributions of and caring for all members of our society, even those without documentation.

Other Resources:

  • My (Un)documented Life is a blog that provides up-to-date information and resources for undocumented immigrants.
  • Educators for Fair Consideration is an organization that empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. This site has a wealth of information for undocumented youth and allies.
  • The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. With offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.
  • The Ignatian Solidarity Network’s mission is to network, educate, and form advocates for social justice animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius. One of their priorities is to advocate for immigration policies that create a process for undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship, keeps families together, respects the rights of workers, and protects those most vulnerable.
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Justice for Immigrants Campaign seeks to: Educate the public about Catholic Church teaching on migration and immigrants; Create political will for positive immigration reform; Enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the bishops; and Organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants obtain the benefits of the reforms. They recently assembled these resources for parishes and other faith communities to assist immigrants and refugees as the country transitions to a new administration.
  • The National Immigration Law Center’s mission is to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
  • As a national immigrant youth-led organization, the mission of the United We Dream Network is to achieve equal access to higher education for all people, regardless of immigration status.