Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

La Lucha Sigue: Undocumented Students Challenging Anti-Immigrant Discourses
by Gomez, Valerie A., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 116; 10264609
Abstract (Summary)

Throughout his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump took a combative and hardline approach toward undocumented immigrants and immigration. His campaign was a platform that promoted homogeneity and exposed the racist and xenophobic ideologies pervasive in American society. On college campuses undocumented students are confronted by the same intolerance imbedded in the national discourse. This study examined how anti-immigrant discourses influenced the experiences of ten undocumented Latina and Latino college students at public universities in the state of California. The findings were organized along four themes: exclusion and belonging, effects of anti-immigrant discourses, the impact of the 2016 presidential election, and challenging anti-immigrant discourses. The findings underscore the challenges that participants encountered as they navigated anti-immigrant sentiments in the contemporary moment. Participants shared how rejection along the dimensions of language, immigration status, and phenotype impacted their educational trajectories. Recommendations for practice, policy, and future research are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ortiz, Anna
Commitee: Osuna, Steven, Perez Huber, Lindsay
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Education Policy
Keywords: Undocumented immigrants, Undocumented students
Publication Number: 10264609
ISBN: 9781369805123
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