Undocumented immigrants and higher education policy: The policymaking environment of New York State

This research presents findings of the policymaking environment in the area of postsecondary education benefits for undocumented immigrants in New York. It describes how New York behaved in response to ever-changing federal, state, and local actions in the area of postsecondary education benefits for undocumented students. Second, this investigation identifies five political forces (power of the governor, pressure of advocacy groups, role of Latino policymakers, legislators’ geographic affiliation, and legislators’ political party membership) that shaped the passage of New York’s in-state resident tuition policy. Lastly, it discusses the possible future of postsecondary education benefits for undocumented immigrants in New York.

Nienhusser, H. K. (2015). Undocumented immigrants and higher education policy: The policymaking environment of New York State. The Review of Higher Education, 38(2), 271-303. doi: 10.1353/rhe.2015.0006

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