Students from Mixed-Status Families: Broadening Our Understanding of Students Affected by Immigration Laws

By Jaquelyn Caro-Sena

A previous Knowledge Center Memo highlighted the unique challenges that undocumented students face and shared actionable strategies from existing research to support them at the California State University (CSU). In this memo, we build from conversations regarding the undocumented experience and share what the literature tells us about a specific group of students—those who belong to mixed-status families. In California, more than three million people live in a mixed-status household, and over one million children live with an undocumented immigrant. According to EdSource, about one in eight children in California have an undocumented parent.