Immigrants’ Efforts to Access Public Schools and Higher Education in the United States

In 2017, six undocumented immigrant students filed a lawsuit arguing that the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program had its motivation in racial animus against Mexicans and Latinos. The case brings to the forefront multiple limitations that immigration status places on access to education, an issue that has long been the target of multiple cases and lawsuits throughout US history.

This new chapter by Alejandra Rincón, PhD, in the Handbook on Promoting Social Justice in Education, examines such history and its implications for the immigrant rights’ advocacy movement today.