He feels pressure to succeed, to show his younger brothers that the struggle of going to college is worth it. "Undocumented youth confront legal barriers that lower their aspirations and impede educational attainment of even the most eager students," Abrego said.
Immigrant children make up a large percentage of the population in the United States, according to Abrego, "which means they have transformative potential on the country." But in order for that potential to be realized, "educational attainment is crucial."
"As our demographics change, more people of color are going to confront these barriers," Garcia-Arcement said. "I know how hard it is. I've lived through it."
Editor's note: This report is part 4 of "Coming to our Census," a series of reports that takes a careful look at the issues posed by the changing demographics of Utah and the nation.
Part 1: The changing face of Utah - Are we ready to embrace the future?
Part 2: Poll results: Utahns welcome diversity but perceptions don't always match reality
Part 3: Some solutions in place to close education gap, but is Utah willing to pay for them?
Part 5: Minorities face hurdles in getting health care
Part 6: Immigrants, refugees can choose which aspects of culture to assimilate
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