Achieving the DREAM: The Effect of IRCA on Immigrant Youth Postsecondary Educational Access Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper contributes to the existing literature on the effect of legal status on educational access among immigrant youth in the United States. The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 granted amnesty to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before 1982. Using a difference-indifferences framework, I analyze the effect of this large amnesty program on immigrant youth's postsecondary educational access. My main finding shows that immigrant youths who were granted amnesty under IRCA are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Cortes, K. E.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Cortes, Kalena E

publication date

  • January 2013