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Opinion: Opening the door of opportunity for ‘dreamers’


This article sites The Presidents’ Alliance and the New American Economy’s joint report on undocumented students in higher education.

Most dreamers come from families of modest means, which means the in-state rate can be the difference between a future full of promise and one lived on the margins of American prosperity.

The states’ expansion of tuition equity for undocumented immigrants is a somewhat overlooked good news story, and a hopeful counterpoint to the policy dysfunction that has been Washington’s default for years. According to recent estimates based on the 2019 American Community Survey, roughly 2 percent of all students in institutions of higher education, or more than 427,000 of those enrolled, are undocumented immigrants. Many of them are beneficiaries of in-state tuition, and some would never have graduated from high school if not for the incentive of relatively more affordable higher education.

Read the full article from the Washington Post here