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Undocumented and in CollegeStudents and Institutions in a Climate of National Hostility$
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Terry-Ann Jones and Laura Nichols

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276165.001.0001

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Immigration, Jesuit Higher Education, and the Undocumented

Immigration, Jesuit Higher Education, and the Undocumented

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Undocumented and in College

Kurt Schlichting

Fordham University Press

This chapter traces the history of migration to the United States starting in the 1500s, and discusses the role of religious institutions, including Jesuit colleges starting in the early 1800s, in providing for the needs of recent immigrants. Throughout American history, immigrants have arrived in “waves,” leaving their homelands and undertaking the arduous journey to the promised land. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the journey involved a long voyage across the oceans in frail wooden ships, navigated by the sun and stars. Today the voyage may be by foot through the Americas or on a crowded jet airplane, but the challenge remains: to venture and then adjust to a new life in a new world. At Jesuit campuses, the undocumented immigrants follow in the footsteps of generations of immigrants and their children from various European countries. These new immigrants believe that a Jesuit education is the key to achieving their American dream and the dreams of their parents.

Keywords:   immigration, United States, Jesuit colleges, immigrants, Jesuit education, undocumented students

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