Undocumented high school students speak out
It’s hard to live every day with the uncertainty and fear of being undocumented, too. Every day we’re afraid that our parents won’t come home and we’ll have to take care of the rest of the family. Or that someone at school will find out our secret and that we might get in trouble with the authorities. We’re not adults yet, but because of these constant worries and responsibilities, sometimes we are expected to act like we are. But we’re mostly just like other kids. We’re going to do things that don’t make sense, and we’ll make mistakes, so please just have patience with us.
(Their teacher, Mary Jewell, helped the students with their letter. She has worked with English-learners and undocumented immigrants in a variety of settings for more than 15 years. She wrote “Undocumented—With College Dreams,” which appeared in Educational Leadership in April 2009).