March 31, 2015
Each year, more than 65,000 young people who grew up in the United States but who don’t have American citizenship graduate from high schools across the country. Yet when it’s time to prepare for college and perhaps use a diploma to move up in life, the nation tends to send them a painful message: Dream on.

Because of a labyrinthian system of federal and state rules, restrictions, and conflicting information, only about 6,500 undocumented immigrants who graduate from high school move on to college, according to twin studies from the Center for American Progress, a Washington public-policy think tank, and UCLA’s Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education.

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