NEW BOOK – Undocumented Latino Youth: Navigating Their Worlds

Layout 1by Marisol Clark-Ibáñez

July 2015
Lynne Rienner Publishers

Though often overlooked in heated debates, nearly 1.8 million undocumented immigrants are under the age of 18. How do immigration policies shape the lives of these young people? How do local and state laws that are seemingly unrelated to undocumented communities negatively affect them? Marisol Clark-Ibáñez delivers an intimate look at growing up as an undocumented Latino immigrant, analyzing the social and legal dynamics that shape everyday life in and out of school.


  • Undocumented Immigration: Dreams of Education and Beyond.
  • Immigration Policy: Living with the Law.
  • Elementary School: The Beginning and the Promise.
  • Middle School: Creating New Paths.
  • High School: Aspirations with Uncertainty.
  • Community College: A Gateway.
  • The University: A (Mostly) Safe Haven.
  • After College Graduation: Bittersweet.
  • DREAMer Activism: Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Being a “DREAM Keeper”: Lessons Learned.
  • Rethinking the American Dream.
  • Appendixes.

Marisol Clark-Ibáñez is associate professor of sociology at California State University, San Marcos.