'A place of belonging'
Andrea Flores, an anthropologist who's studied how undocumented status affects a student's experience in obtaining a higher education, says these private universities are filling in a gap left by public institutions and government.
"That sense of belonging to a civic institution from K to 12 is gone," said Flores. "Private schools provide a place of belonging again."
Public education is available to all children in the United States, regardless of their legal status. That stops in 12th grade.