Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak Out


This student publication features the growing movement around access to higher education for undocumented students. Eight moving stories of undocumented immigrant students from UCLA provide the focal point of the book.
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The first in a two-book series, followed by Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix, and Immigrant Youth Movement, this book features stories by:

Mario Escobar: A former child soldier from El Salvador who recently attained asylum in this country.
Tam Tran: A UCLA graduate who testified before the US Congress on the status of undocumented students.
Grace: A Korean student who gave up her student visa to qualify for AB 540 so she could attend UCLA.
Antonio: A Mexican immigrant who arrived in this country at the age of four and who struggled to finance and complete his college education.

Written by the students themselves, these stories are unique and diverse, but they all demonstrate the pain, financial hardship, and emotional distress the students face, as well as their ultimate triumph when they graduate from UCLA.Underground Undergrads serves as an educational and research tool by providing a summary of the history of legislation impacting undocumented students in higher education along with a resource guide of organizations that advocate for student rights.

"The young Bruins featured in this book represent some of the finest leaders of their generation.” 
- Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles

“The voices of these students should be heard in Sacramento, in Washington, DC, and they should inspire us all to work harder for full rights for all immigrants.”
- Dolores Huerta, Cofounder, United Farm Workers of America


Underground Undergrads reveals an inconvenient truth behind the empty slogans of those who offer hate instead of compassion in the debate on undocumented migration.”
- Douglas Massey, Professor of Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

ISBN: 978-0-89215-002-1