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Undocumented Latino Youth: Navigating Their Worlds

Marisol Clark-Ibáñez
Undocumented Latino Youth: Navigating Their Worlds
ISBN: 978-1-62637-260-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-595-6
ISBN: 978-1-62637-691-5
2015/273 pages/LC: 2015005477
Latinos: Exploring Diversity and Change
"An invaluable, impressively researched, exceptionally well written, organized and presented study.... [It] will prove of immense value to both scholars and non-specialist general readers."—Helen Dumont, Midwest Book Review

"A must read.... Provides compelling examples of resilience, struggle, and activism."—Gilda L. Ochoa, Pomona College       

"Essential.... Sheds light on how the racist implementation of immigration policies trickles down to shape the lives of children and young people in and out of school."—Leisy J. Abrego, University of California, Los Angeles


Though often overlooked in heated debates, nearly 1.8 million undocumented immigrants are under the age of 18. How do immigration policies shape the lives of these young people? How do local and state laws that are seemingly unrelated to undocumented communities negatively affect them? Marisol Clark-Ibáñez delivers an intimate look at growing up as an undocumented Latino immigrant, analyzing the social and legal dynamics that shape everyday life in and out of school.


Marisol Clark-Ibáñez is associate professor of sociology at California State University, San Marcos.


  • Undocumented Immigration: Dreams of Education and Beyond.
  • Immigration Policy: Living with the Law.
  • Elementary School: The Beginning and the Promise.
  • Middle School: Creating New Paths.
  • High School: Aspirations with Uncertainty.
  • Community College: A Gateway.
  • The University: A (Mostly) Safe Haven.
  • After College Graduation: Bittersweet.
  • DREAMer Activism: Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Being a "DREAM Keeper": Lessons Learned.
  • Rethinking the American Dream.
  • Appendixes.