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This section explores the representation, lived experiences, scholastic documentation, academic trajectories, and current events of the undocumented community, in contemporary times through literature and art.


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  • Aguilar, C. (2019). Undocumented critical theory. Cultural Studies↔ Critical Methodologies, 19(3), 152-160.
  • Garcia, L. D., & Tierney, W. G. (2011). Undocumented immigrants in higher education: A preliminary analysis. Teachers College Record, 113(12), 2739-2776.
  • Green, P. E. (2003). The undocumented: Educating the children of migrant workers in America. Bilingual Research Journal, 27(1), 51-71.
  • Hacker, K., Anies, M., Folb, B. L., & Zallman, L. (2015). Barriers to health care for undocumented immigrants: a literature review. Risk management and healthcare policy, 8, 175.
  • Massey, D. S., & Capoferro, C. (2004). Measuring undocumented migration. International Migration Review, 38(3), 1075-1102.
  • Rincón, A. (2008). Undocumented immigrants and higher education: Si se puede. New York.




  • Bajo la misma luna/Under the Same Moon (2007):
    • Carlitos lives with his grandmother in Mexico. His mother works as a maid in the U.S., hoping to someday send for her child. But when his grandmother dies unexpectedly, Carlitos must sneak across the border and seek out his mother.
  • De Nadie (2005):
    • This documentary interviews Central American migrants about their journey into the United States. Their stories highlight the dangers of the border crossing, and the toll it takes on their money, health, and lives.
  • Deported (2012):
    • Since 1996, the United States has sustained a policy that all foreign residents convicted of crimes be deported. This documentary tells the story of those separated from their families and deported to Haiti after serving jail time, often for minor offenses. These individuals try to adapt to the unfamiliar environment where they are viewed as outsiders.
  •  Documented (2013):
    • In 2011, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. This documentary chronicles his journey from the Philippines as a child; through America as an immigration reform activist; and inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years.
  • Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) (2015):
    • In a community where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, undocumented activist Angy Rivera steps out of the shadows to share her parallel journey of being an undocumented immigrant and a victim of sexual assault.
  • Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America (2016):
    • This documentary tells the story of Moises Serrano, who grew up queer and undocumented in rural North Carolina. It follows his personal journey as an activist as he fights for justice for his immigrant community.
  • Rocio (2018):
    • When his mother is diagnosed with cancer, Dario, an undocumented Harvard student, chooses to return to Mexico with her to seek medical treatment. This documentary follows Dario's story as he struggles to return to the U.S. despite his DACA status. Directed by undocumented filmmaker Dario Guerrero.


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