Papers" is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut. 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without “papers.” It is against the law to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these young people.
Graham Street Productions produced this film in association with El Grupo Juvenil (the "Papers" Youth Crew). These youth producers were actively involved in all aspects of the production. They are working in collaboration with the youth who want to tell their stories as well as community organizations around the country who are working to change immigration policy on behalf of these young people.
This section includes a list of research articles about undocumented students and the undocumented population organized by year of publication starting with the most recent. All articles are in pdf format:
Muñoz, S. M., Maldonado, M. M. (2011). Counterstories of college persistence by undocumented Mexicana students: navigating race, class, gender, and legal status', International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
Gin, K. (2010). Talking to undocumented students about sensitive subjects, Top 10 ways college counselors can help undocumented students, Five secrets to success for undocumented students, Telltale signs: Tips for identifying undocumented students, Why these students, Journal of College Admission, 206.