Undocumented Immigrants and Higher Education: Si se puede!

Undocumented Immigrants and Higher Education: Si se puede!
Alejandra Rincon
June 2008

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-414-8 / Paperback
Or  978-159332-292-2 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xvi, 282 pages


"an important addition for all academic libraries and public libraries with large Latino communities....Highly recommended." -- Reforma

"a well written and carefully researched history...a unique contribution... a 'must read.'" -- Ruth Burgos-Sasscer, Chancellor Emerita of the Houston Community College System

"unique breadth and depth...politically insightful" -- Ellen Badger, International Student & Scholar Services, Binghamton University


Rincon reviews the struggle by undocumented immigrant students to gain access to college by paying in-state tuition rates. These efforts, which have been successful in ten states, can be characterized as a human and civil rights struggle based on the fundamental premise that no group should be subjected to discrimination. Undocumented students seek equality under the law while affirming their humanity and thus their rights as human beings. Undocumented immigrants seek to overturn government and media images that portray them as "aliens" and "illegals," devoid of all rights simply because they are working and living in a country other than the one in which they were born.

About the Author

Alejandra Rincon received the 2006 Human Relations Award of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling. She worked with two of Texas' largest school districts and was active in the passage and implementation of legislation that allowed undocumented students to attend college at in-state tuition rates. She continues the advocacy work with immigrant college students in Texas and California.