chapter  8
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Diffi cult Transitions: Undocumented Immigrant Students Navigating Vulnerability and School Structures

WithR OBERTO G. GONZALES AND CYNTHIA N. CARVAJAL

With so many mouths to feed, Flor’s family struggled to make ends meet. She entered the labor force at the age of 14. A family cleaning business allowed her to bypass the typical hurdles involved in seeking work. However, a grueling work schedule forced her to miss too many days of school. She felt frustrated and scared, wondering if her future held anything more than backbreaking work. She left high school during her junior year after being suspended for excessive-work-related-truancies. She felt sad that not a single person at her school “tried to pull me back in”.