Lives in Limbo : Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, Paperback Book

Lives in Limbo : Undocumented and Coming of Age in America Paperback

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"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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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 2 tables
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Migration, immigration & emigration
  • ISBN: 9780520287266

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