Undocumented Immigrants and Higher Education: Si Se Puede! (The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society)

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Rincon reviews the struggle by undocumented immigrant students to gain access to college by paying in-state tuition rates. These efforts, which have been successful in ten states, can be characterized as a human and civil rights struggle based on the fundamental premise that no group should be subjected to discrimination. Undocumented students seek equality under the law while affirming their humanity and thus their rights as human beings. Undocumented immigrants seek to overturn government and media images that portray them as aliens and "illegals," devoid of all rights simply because they are working and living in a country other than the one in which they were born.

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Alejandra Rincon received the 2006 Human Relations Award of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling. She worked with two of Texas largest school districts and was active in the passage and implementation of legislation that allowed undocumented students to attend college at in-state tuition rates. She continues the advocacy work with immigrant college students in Texas and California.

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A well researched book, which provides clarity to the many issues surrounding this situation, and is written in a style which allows readers from all communities to understand the complexities of the circumstances these students and their families face. The reader gets a clear understanding of the issues faced by students. --Alfred Herrera, Vice Provost, UCLA

A unique contribution to the literature and to the debate regarding immigrants and immigration in our country. She has done an amazing job of dispelling myths and correcting misinformation that often proliferate in the media and less serious publications. This book is a must read or at least a must have for all those who wish to be accurately informed as they give serious thought to the issues relating to the undocumented immigrants in our midst. --Ruth Burgos-Sasscer, Chancellor Emerita, Houston Community College

An important addition for all academic libraries and public libraries with large Latino communities. --Reforma

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