Kayla Bassknight:  Policy Paper on Immigration in Higher Education!

Dear Commons Community,

Kayla Bassknight, a doctoral student here at Hunter College recently wrote a policy paper  on issues related to immigration in higher education.  It might be of interest to those wanting to be brought up-to-date on the complex regulations and guidelines regarding this topic. It also focuses on how to provide equitable educational resources for undocumented individuals.

Below is an abstract.



Immigration in Education

Kayla Bassknight


The United States is a nation of immigrants, and for many years has benefited economically from the contributions, talents, and values of immigrant families. According to the U.S. Department of Education, undocumented students represent one of the most vulnerable populations served in education. The University of Southern California’s Pullias Center for Higher Education stated perceptions and stigmas associated with immigration in the United States are deeply rooted in the nation’s societal framework. Undocumented individuals often face significant financial and cultural barriers yet overcome these challenges to achieve academic success in higher education. In addition to the talents and tenacity of undocumented students, institutional policies and programs alongside quality counselors, administrators, and educators, align to increase undocumented students’ access, resources, and support necessary to achieve an equitable educational experience. Immigration policies such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, have positively impacted educational opportunities for immigrant students. After briefly analyzing the historical perceptions of immigration and immigration as it relates to education, the author will discuss additional ways through which to provide equitable educational resources for undocumented individuals.

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