Rights for MA Undocumented Students

Molly’s blueprint addressed the unequal access to higher education experienced by undocumented students, both at Brandeis and in Massachusetts, which resulted from three different policies and practices: lack of an In-State Tuition Bills in Massachusettes; lack of awareness about the rights undocumented students have to attend both public and private universities on the part of both the undocumented students and their high school guidance counselors; and Brandeis’s failure to reach out to local high schools, guidance counselors and immigrant communities to recruit and provide scholarships to undocumented students. The group formed through this project, the Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative, worked with the Immigrant Rights Working Group at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis, Brandeis’s Reverend Alex Kern, the Boston chapter of the Student Immigrant Movement, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and the National Immigration Project part of the National Lawyers Guild to address these three issues and further the rights of undocumented students across the state.