An Obama administration program that gives a temporary reprieve from deportation for certain undocumented students has helped the students access higher education and crucial work experiences, but the students still suffer disproportionately high levels of anxiety under the tenuous arrangement.
Those were some of the key findings of a groundbreaking survey of undocumented students released Tuesday at the Center for American Progress.
“No college or university should assume that these issues are not relevant to their community,” Robert T. Teranishi, co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA, said during a panel discussion titled “Inside the Labyrinth: Undocumented Students in Higher Education.”
Teranishi is co-principal investigator of the newly-released report, titled “In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform.”
The report is based on a survey of 909 undocumented college students across 34 states and originating in 55 countries who are participating in the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.
Approximately 650,000 out of an expected one million undocumented students have signed up for the program, which gives the students a two-year reprieve from deportation but must be renewed, an Obama administration official said. Efforts to pass more comprehensive immigration reform have stalled in Congress. <Read more.>