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Additional Resources

If you would like to get involved in this movement and or learn more about this please consider becoming involved with the following departments & organizations within Loyola, the Chicagoland area, and Illinois:


External Resources: Chicagoland/Illinois Area

All of the following organizations are also included in the IL DREAM ACT Counselor Guide to Resources for Undocumented Students ‌ on (pages 24-26).  In the guide, you will also see the organizations divided by regions within the Chicagoland and greater Illinois area. Please reach out to local organizations through online, over the phone and or in person communication.  

Online Resources

Scholarly Research

For research purposes, knowledge attainment and or to learn more about the movement please take a look at the following; research articles and books on undocumented students/immigration.  

  • Abrego, L. J., & Gonzales, R.G. (2010).  Blocked Paths, Uncertain Futures: The Postsecondary Education and Labor Market prospects of Undocumented Latino Youth. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 1532-7671, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp. 144 – 157
  • Abrego, Leisy Janet, (2006) “I Can’t Go to College Because I Don’t Have Papers”: Incorporation Patterns of Latino Undocumented Youth, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp. 212-231(20).
  • Abrego, Liesy. Legitimacy, Social Identity, and the Mobilization of Law: The Effects of Assembly Bill 540 on Undocumented Students in California, 33 Law & Soc. Inquiry 709, 2008.
  • Alfred, Janice.  Denial of the American Dream: The Plight of Undocumented High School Students Within the U.S. Educational System, 19 N.Y.L. SCH. J. HUM. RTS. 615, 638 (2003). 
  • Bacon, David. Communities without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2006. Print.
  • Bacon, David. Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants. Boston: Beacon, 2008. Print.
  • Buff, Rachel. Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship. New York: New York UP, 2008. Print.
  • Chang, Aurora. Undocumented to Hyperdocumented. Harvard Educational Review; Fall 2011; 81, 3; ProQuest Central, pg. 508. 

  • Chavez, Leo R. Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College, 1998. Print.
  • Chavez, Leo, R. (2001). Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation. University of California Press: Berkeley, Los Angeles and London.
  • Chin, Aimee. Does reducing college costs improve educational outcomes for undocumented immigrants?. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2010. Print
  • Chin, Jean Lau. Diversity in Mind and in Action. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2009. Print.
  • Drachman, Edward.  Access to Higher Education for Undocumented Students. Peace Review, Volume 18, Number 1, pp. 81-100, January 2006.
  • Flanagan, C., & Levine, P. Civic Engagement and the Transition to Adulthood. The Future of Children, Volume 20, Number 1, pp. 159-179, 2010.
  • Flores, Stella M.; Horn, Catherine L.  College Persistence among Undocumented Students at a Selective Public University: A Quantitative Case Study Analysis. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, Volume 11, Number 1 pp. 57-76, 2009-2010.
  • Frum, L. Jennifer. Post Secondary Educational Access for Undocumented Students:Opportunities and Constraints. American Academic: The Uneven Road to College Opportunity: Who gets left behind?. Ed. Paul Jude Beauvais. Washington, D.C: AFT, 2007. 81-107.
  • Gandara, Patricia & Megan Hopkins. (Eds). (2010). Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies. Teachers College Press: New York, NY.
  • Gonzales, R. (2006). Born in the Shadows: How the Sons and Daughters of Unauthorized Migrants Make Ends Meet. Paper presented at the Conference of Ford Fellows, October 20, in Washington, DC.
  • Gordon, Jennifer.  (2005). Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA and London, England.
  • Hing, Bill Ong.  (2006). Deporting Our Souls: Values, Mortality, and Immigration Policy. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, and Sao Paulo.
  • Hinojosa-Ojeda, Raul. (2012). No DREAM’ers Left Behind: The Economic Potential of DREAM Act Beneficiaries
  • Komaie, G., & Rumbaut R.G. (2010). Immigration and Adult Transitions The Future of Children, Volume 20, Number 1, pp. 43-66.
  • Lopez, Ann Aurelia. (2007). The Farmworkers’ Journey. University of California Press: Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London.
  • Lopez, J. (2006). We asked for workers and they sent us people: College-ready undocumented students and their teacher allies in North Carolina. Paper presented at the Annual Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Lopez, Janet K. Undocumented Students and the Policies of Wasted Potential. El Paso [Tex.: LFB Scholarly Pub., 2010. Print.
  • López, María Pabón., and Gerardo R. López. Persistent Inequality: Contemporary Realities in the Education of Undocumented Latina/o Students. New York: Routledge, 2010. Print.
  • Madera, Gabriela. Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak out. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, 2008. Print.
  • Martínez, Isabel (2009).  What’s Age Gotta Do With It?: Understanding the Age-Identities and School-Going Practices of  Mexican Immigrant Youth in New York City. The High School Journal - Volume 92, Number 4, pp. 34-48.
  • Noll, James Wm. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Educational Issues. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011. Print.
  • Oers, B. Van. The Transformation of Learning: Advances in Cultural-historical Activity Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008. Print.
  • Olsen, Laurie. (1997). Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools. New Press:New York.
  • Perez, William. We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream. Sterling, Va.: Stylus, 2009. Print.
  • Portes, Alejandro & Ruben Rumbault.  (2001). Legacies: The Story of the Second Immigrant Generation.  University of California Press: Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London.
  • Rincon, Alejandra. Undocumented Immigrants and Higher Education: Si Se Puede! El Paso: LFB Scholarly LLC, 2010. Print.
  • Romero, Victor C. Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America. New York: New York UP, 2005. Print.
  • Spickard, Paul. (2007). Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity. Routledge Press: New York, NY.
  • Suárez-Orozco, C., & Suárez-Orozco, M. (2009).  Educating Latino Immigrant Students in the Twenty-First Century: Principles for the Obama Administration. Harvard Educational Review, Volume 79, Number 2, pp. 327-340, Summer 2009.
  • Suárez-Orozco, Carola, Suárez-Orozco Marcelo, & Irina Todorova. (2008). Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society. Belnap Press of Harvard University Press: Cambridge & London.
  • Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo.  (1989). Central American Refugees and U.S. High Schools: A Psychosocial Study of Motivation and Achievement. Stanford University Press: Stanford, California.
  • Valencia, Richard R. Chicano Students and the Courts the Mexican American Legal Struggle for Educational Equality. New York: New York UP, 2008. Print.
  • Vernez, Georges, Kopp, Richard and C. Peter Rydell.  (1999). Closing the Education Gap: Costs and Benefits.  Center for Research on Immigration Policy/RAND Education: Santa Monica, California. 



These films touch on the different journeys of single individuals and families migrating to the United States for a chance at a better life. The films are not only very touching but they offer a perspective on the challenges and difficulties that lie ahead for the individuals that partake on this journey to and within the United States. 

  • A Dream in Doubt“A Dream in Doubt” is an immigrant story in a world in which patriotism has morphed into murder. When Rana Singh Sodhi’s brother is killed in America’s first post-9/11 revenge murder, he begins a journey to reclaim his American dream and fight the hate that continues to threaten his community. This intimate, hour-long documentary of one man’s odyssey from persecution in India to embracing America as his homeland proves that courage and hope have the power to overcome hate. 
  • An Unfinished DreamThis movie documents the Dream Act, the people involved with pushing for its acceptance into law, and the students who reside in the shadows until it comes to fruition. 
  • Beyond the BorderThis story traces the painful transition made by four sons in the Ayala family, who leave their close-knit family in Mexico to seek” una vida major” (a better life) in Kentucky. Struggling to fit in, they find a different version of the American Dream. 
  • Brother TownsThis is a story of two towns linked by immigration, family, and work: Jacaltenango, a highland Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, a coastal resort town where many Jacaltecos have settled in Florida. It chronicles a story of how and why people migrate across borders, how people make and remake their communities when they travel thousands of miles from home, and how people maintain families despite their travel. Because we are all immigrants, this is a universal human story, and a quintessential American one. All of us understand family.  Brother Towns is also a story of local and international controversy. News of undocumented immigrants is familiar in nearly every community across the U.S., and citizens must choose how they respond to this issue. Our story includes voices of those opposed to undocumented immigrants as well as advocates helping migrants who seek work and hope, whether documented or not. 
  • Crossing ArizonaWith Americans on all sides of the issue up in arms and Congress embroiled in a knock-down-drag-out policy battle over how to move forward, CROSSING ARIZONA tells the story of how we got to where we are today. Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers - an estimated 4,500 a day. Most are Mexican men in search of work, but increasingly the border-crossers are women and children seeking to reunite with their husbands and fathers. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security. "Crossing Arizona" examines the crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it. Frustrated ranchers go out day after day to repair cut fences and pick up the trash that endangers their livestock and livelihoods.
  • Entre NosMariana (Mendoza) is a Colombian immigrant who has recently traveled to New York with her two children, 10 year-old Gabriel (Sebastian Villada Lopez) and 6 year-old Andrea (Laura Montana Cortez) in order to be reunited with her husband Antonio (Andres Munar). However, one day Antonio leaves his family after announcing that he has found work in Miami, and it soon becomes apparent to Mariana that he does not intend to return. Seeing this, she sets out with her children onto the streets of Queens in an attempt to scrape together a decent living. When selling her homemade empanadas fail to bring in any money, Mariana and the children begin collecting aluminum cans off the city's streets. Complications arise, and soon the family finds itself in a desperate day-to-day struggle for survival.
  • FarmingvilleTo tell this story, we lived and worked for nearly a year in Farmingville, New York, where we experienced firsthand the tensions in this small Long Island town. Farmingville’s story reflects the challenge facing many communities as the Latino population not only spreads across the nation farther than any previous wave of immigrants, but also bypasses traditional immigrant gateways and heads directly to suburbs and the American heartland. 
  • How Democracy Works Now: We wanted to look into the black box between elections and legislation, and understand what sorts of collaborations and pathways were actually there. The idea we chose was immigration reform, and the tale we followed took us all over -- Iowa, Kansas, California, and Arizona, as well as Capitol Hill. We've ended up with twelve films linking dozens of fascinating people, each connected by a commitment to change the way that the United States handles the bedrock national identity issue of immigration. Together, the twelve make up one very big story -- a story that's only visible at the end of the journey.  
  • Inocente In San Diego, a young teenage girl’s eyes stare into a compact mirror. She paints a dramatic black swirl around her eye. She never knows what her day will bring, but she knows at least it will always begin with color. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be destroyed by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. 
  • Lives for Sale: Lives for Sale focuses on the exploding black market of human trafficking into the United States. The documentary explores human trafficking beyond the conventional political rhetoric and media coverage to explain the reasons immigrants will risk everything for the American Dream. The journey is filled with dangers that prey on hopes and exploit inexperience. Some people will provide their minimal life savings to “coyotes” (mercenary agents promising safe passage) while others unknowingly will become some of the almost 20,000 annual victims of human trafficking who cross the Mexican-U.S. border and become modern-day slaves. 
  • Papers: The MovieThis documentary illustrates the ethnic diversity of DREAM Act students & discussing the DREAM Act from the perspective of DREAM Act students, their teachers, & law makers. 
  • Recalling Orange CountyA personal look at the orchestrated backlash against an immigrant rights activist reveals fierce conflict in California’s Orange County over what it means to be American. Once regarded as a wealthy, white, conservative enclave, Orange County is becoming less predictable, less tidy, more diverse, and more interesting. In a word: Mexican. But this is where the immigrant backlash of the 1990’s first caught fired and, for some continues to burn-even within the Latino community. Documentary filmmaker Mylene Moreno recalls her experiences growing up as the daughter of immigrants in California’s Orange County and returns to see how much things have changed since she left.