Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak Out
Featuring Stories by:
- Mario Escobar: A former child soldier from El Salvador who recently attained asylum in this country.
- Tam Tran: A UCLA graduate who testified before the U.S. Congress on the status of undocumented students.
- Grace: A Korean student who gave up her student visa to qualify for AB 540 so she could attend UCLA.
- Antonio: A Mexican immigrant who arrived in this country at the age of four and who struggled to finance and complete his college education.
This student publication, Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak Out, features the growing student movement around access to higher education for undocumented students. Written by the students themselves, eight moving stories of undocumented immigrant students from UCLA provide the focal point of Underground Undergrads. The stories are unique and diverse, but they all demonstrate the pain, financial hardship, and emotional distress these students face as well as their ultimate triumph when they graduate from UCLA. Underground Undergrads also serves as an educational and research tool by providing a summary of the history of legislation impacting undocumented students in higher education as well as a resource guide of organizations that advocate for student rights.