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Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America

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by Roberto G. Gonzales
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Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America by Roberto G. Gonzales

“My world seems upside down. I have grown up but I feel like I??m moving backward. And I can??t do anything about it.” ??"Esperanza

Over two million of the nation??s eleven million undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States since childhood. Due to a broken immigration system, they grow up to uncertain futures. In Lives in Limbo, Roberto G. Gonzales introduces us to two groups: the college-goers, like Ricardo, who had good grades and a strong network of community support that propelled him to college and DREAM Act organizing but still landed in a factory job a few short years after graduation, and the early-exiters, like Gabriel, who failed to make meaningful connections in high school and started navigating dead-end jobs, immigration checkpoints, and a world narrowly circumscribed by legal limitations. This vivid ethnography explores why highly educated undocumented youth share similar work and life outcomes with their less-educated peers, despite the fact that higher education is touted as the path to integration and success in America. Mining the results of an extraordinary twelve-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, Lives in Limbo exposes the failures of a system that integrates children into K-12 schools but ultimately denies them the rewards of their labor.

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Pages: 320
Size: 1.3 MB
Publisher: University of California Press
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 2370007172757 (DRM-EPUB)
9780520962415 (DRM-PDF)

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