Kevin on the American Dream
An estimated 1.1 million undocumented youth live in the United States. Of the 65,000 who graduate high school each year, only 20 percent enroll in college. These students face numerous barriers. Although they can attend college in the U.S. legally, they don’t qualify for federal aid or most forms of state aid.
Recent executive orders on immigration, as well as promises to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) have made the future even more uncertain for these youth. How might they be affected by future immigration policy changes? How are they feeling in this climate of anxiety and fear?
For over a year, journalist Melissa Pandika and I have been reporting on the stories of undocumented youth in Northern California, with articles and images published in VICE, Fusion, KQED, the East Bay Express. I've also posted images, video, interviews and an overview of recent changes to immigration policy to: @undocumentedlives.