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We aim to investigate the challenges undocumented and DACAmented students face when pursuing higher education.

Current research should expand on DACA students immediate finantial needs and immigration policies which affect their journey to higher education (micro & macro).

“The DACA policy opened major pathways to normalization, visibility, and educational access for young immigrants and undocumented residents. Building upon the DREAM Act, DACA provides a temporary fix in the absence of real legislation, giving thousands of young immigrants the chance to obtain legal status, education, work, and freedom from legal persecution” retrieved from the bestschools.org (2021)

The DREAM Act (short for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) was a bill in Congress that would have granted legal status to certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and went to school here.”

DACA- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants:

1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.