The Harvard Educational Review has published a fall special issue dedicated to immigration, youth and education, the highlight of which is a report released today called "Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status."
The report paints a challenging picture for the estimated 5.5 million children and adolescents in the United States who are growing up as the children of undocumented immigrants, suggesting they are "experiencing multiple and yet unrecognizable developmental consequences as a result of their family's existence in the shadow of the law," the abstract reads.
Other research has focused on education and health as it applies to these children; the Harvard study, which covers the effects of living in the shadows on children from birth through college, shows them at risk of "lower educational performance, economic stagnation, blocked mobility and ambiguous belonging," according to the New York Times.
The entire report must be purchased, but the editors of the special issue, which includes eight "youth narratives" in additional to seven scholarly articles, have posted a detailed introduction to the issue that is itself worth reading. An excerpt: