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  • Carefully review these FAQs about the rights of immigrant students and families.
  • Someone who is “undocumented” does not have official documents needed to enter or work in the U.S. They may have entered the U.S. with legal status that has since expired or have violated the terms of their entry, or they may have overstayed a visa.
  • Undocumented immigrants are racially and ethnically diverse, from all corners of the world. There are an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, most are Latina/o, but also Asian, African, and Caribbean.
  • Most immigrant families live in mixed-status households.
  • Immigrant families may not be aware of their rights or know how to navigate the immigration system.
  • Immigrant families may fear their children will be picked up by immigration enforcement on their way to work or school.
  • Students may not know they are undocumented until they begin the college application process.
  • View “Immigration 101,” a slide deck developed for MMSD staff working with undocumented students.