Nearly 100K Undocumented Students Graduate from US High Schools

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Carlos Juarez, an undocumented UCLA student graduating with a degree in Sociology, June 15, 2012 (REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn).

Nearly 100,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the US each year, according to a report. Matriculation continues as the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is debated.

A report from the Migration Policy Institute, a think tank based in Washington, DC, used census data to estimate that 98,000 students graduated from high school in the 2016-2017 school year, an increase from the previous estimate of 65,000 from the early aughts produced by the institute. While the graduation rate increases among undocumented high school students, the future remains uncertain for those who aren’t protected by the DACA program.

The report noted that California graduated the largest number of undocumented students, with 27 percent of grads having an unofficial immigration statuses. The report stated that the…

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