Immigrant Families Research

Resources on this page include the latest research findings related to the immigration system and policies with a lens toward child welfare from leading immigration scholars.

Immigration Data Matters

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Immigration Data Matters  

Jeanne Batalova, Andriy Shymonyak and Michelle Mittelstadt, Migration Policy Institute (November, 2020) 

This updated and convenient guide contains more than 250 migration data resources from the United States and internationally from reliable governmental and non-governmental sources organized by topics ranging from labor migration to immigration enforcement.   

Enforced Separations: A Qualitative Examination of How Latinx Families Cope With Family Disruption Following the Deportation of a Parent

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Enforced Separations: A Qualitative Examination of How Latinx Families Cope With Family Disruption Following the Deportation of a Parent 

Kristina Lovato and Laura S. Abrams, Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences (November 5, 2020) 

In the face of two decades of ever-restrictive immigration policies that have led to increased family disruption due to expansive deportations, this study examines how impacted families cope. Exploring the issue through a family systems theory lens, researchers found that in addition to restructuring family dynamics, those impacted also experience economic and familial tensions. The need to develop cultural and trauma-informed interventions for immigrant families in response is also discussed.   

New DHS Policy Threatens to Undo Gains Made by DACA Recipients

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New DHS Policy Threatens to Undo Gains Made by DACA Recipients

Tom K. Wong, Sanaa Abrar, Claudia Flores, Tom Jawetz, Ignacia Rodriguez Kmec, Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, and Philip E. Wolgin, Center for American Progress (October 5, 2020)

A national survey was conducted to look at the experiences of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.  Findings indicated that DACA recipients have contributed to contribute to the economy and society with 91.7% of respondents specifying that they are employed or in school.  A specific finding from this survey found that the recent policy changes made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could negatively impact the progress made by recipients of DACA.  These new DHS policy changes include rejecting new applicants and only allowing one-year renewals.  The validity of the memo detailing the new DHS policy updates is a part of an ongoing litigation.

Children’s Uninsured Rate Rises by Largest Annual Jump in More Than a Decade

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Children’s Uninsured Rate Rises by Largest Annual Jump in More Than a Decade

Joan Alker and Alexandra Corcoran, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families (October 2020)

Every year of the Trump Administration the number of uninsured children in the United States has increased.  The largest annual increase in more than a decade was seen between 2018 and 2019 when the number of uninsured children grew by 320,000.  It is noted that this data was collected before the pandemic so the number of children without health insurance is expected to be significantly higher in 2020.  Latino children were found to have faced one of the largest increases in coverage loss.

Immigrant Family Financial and Relational Stressors and Coping Strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Immigrant Family Financial and Relational Stressors and Coping Strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jaime Ballard, Nusroon Fatiha, Cathy Solheim, Gretchen Buchanan, ZamZam Dini, & Soyoul Song, Immigrant & Refugee Families Research Team, University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science (October 2020)

The Immigrant & Refugee Families Research Team from the University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science interviewed 19 community-based non-profit health and human services providers that work with immigrant and refugee families in urban and rural Minnesota.  These interviews were conducted from June through August of 2020.  The main objective of the study was to provide findings to policymakers and community agencies that work with immigrant families so that they can better inform their developing policies.  Particular areas that their report focuses on includes resilience, job loss/effects of losing employment, housing, health (as it relates to COVID and overall health), family relationships, coping, distance learning, and access/cost of food.

In High and Low Enforcement Jurisdictions Alike, Most Latino High School Students Express Fear of Deportation, with Consequences for Mental Health

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research, Research Highlight, Trauma

In High and Low Enforcement Jurisdictions Alike, Most Latino High School Students Express Fear of Deportation, with Consequences for Mental Health 

Randy Capps, Jodi Berger Cardoso, Kalina Brabeck, Michael Fix, and Ariel G Ruiz Soto, Migration Policy Institute (September 2020) 

The fear surrounding immigration enforcement in American communities is far-reaching. This report demonstrates the consequences of such concerns for Latino youth’s mental health while also concentrating on support factors of spirituality and family relationships as potential sources of resilience.

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The Rate of Children Without Health Insurance Is Rising, Particularly among Latino Children of Immigrant Parents and White Children

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The Rate of Children Without Health Insurance Is Rising, Particularly among Latino Children of Immigrant Parents and White Children 

Lina Guzman, Yiyu Chen, and Dana Thomson, National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (September 15, 2020) 

While health insurance coverage for children has expanded thanks to federal and state legislation over the past ten years, differences in access to care among non-white populations persist. In this research brief, the rate of uninsured children from 2010-2018 is compared across racial/ethnic groups and among Hispanic children with at least one US-born parent and those with only foreign-born parents.

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Dismantling and Reconstructing the U.S. Immigration System: A Catalog of Changes under the Trump Presidency

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Dismantling and Reconstructing the U.S. Immigration System: A Catalog of Changes under the Trump Presidency

Sarah Pierce and Jessica Bolter, Migration Policy Institute (July, 2020)

Since Trump’s inauguration, over 400 policies and executive orders have been implemented targeting all levels of immigration to and within the United States. This report covers all notable changes and their long lasting effects on the immigration system.

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The Day That ICE Came: How Worksite Raids Are Once Again Harming Children and Families

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The Day That ICE Came: How Worksite Raids Are Once Again Harming Children and Families

Wendy Cervantes, Rebecca Ulrich, & Vanessa Meraz, CLASP (July 13, 2020)

CLASP conducted a study at three locations where ICE worksite raids were conducted in order to evaluate the impact on immigrant children and families. Findings shows severe adverse affects on the mental health and economic well-being of children, their parents, and their communities.

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The Majority of Low-Income Hispanic and Black Households Have Little-to-No Bank Access, Complicating Access to COVID Relief Funds

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The Majority of Low-Income Hispanic and Black Households Have Little-to-No Bank Access, Complicating Access to COVID Relief Funds

Lina Guzman & Renee Ryberg, National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (June 11, 2020)

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), 60% of low-income Hispanic and black households have very limited, if any, access to banks. This creates issues for families eligible for CARES Act stimulus checks.

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Hispanic Fathers Report Frequent Involvement in the Lives of their Children

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Hispanic Fathers Report Frequent Involvement in the Lives of their Children

Elizabeth Wildsmith, Elizabeth Karberg, & Brooke Whitfield, National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (June 8th, 2020)

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families looked at cross-sectional data sets collected by the National Survey of Family Growth to evaluate Hispanic fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives, both U.S. born and non-U.S. born. The data showed that Hispanic fathers, regardless of where they were born, were heavily involved in their children’s lives reporting engagement, warmth, and caregiving activities.

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Do States’ Immigrant Family Policies Improve the Health of Children of Immigrants?

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Do States’ Immigrant-Friendly Policies Improve the Health of Children of Immigrants?

Heather Koball & Seth Hartig, National Center for Children in Poverty  (April, 2020)

This study investigated the impact of immigrant-friendly policies on health outcomes for children of immigrants. The study found that in states with sanctuary policies and where undocumented immigrants could access driver licenses children’s preventative health outcomes improved.

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One in Seven Adults in Immigrant Families Reported Avoiding Public Benefit Programs in 2018

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One in Seven Adults in Immigrant Families Reported Avoiding Public Benefit Programs in 2018

Hamutal Bernstein, Dulce Gonzalez, Michael Karpman, & Stephen Zuckerman, Urban Institute (May 2019)

In this brief, we use unique data from a nationally representative, internet-based survey conducted in December 2018 to provide the first systematic evidence on the extent of chilling effects among immigrant families before release of a final public charge rule.

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Immigrant Families and Child Welfare Systems: Emerging Needs and Promising Policies

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Immigrant Families and Child Welfare Systems: Emerging Needs and Promising Policies

Mark Greenberg, Randy Capps, Andrew Kalweit, Jennifer Grishkin, and Ann Flagg, Migration Policy Institute (April 2019)

Some states and localities have developed specialized policies and practices for working with children in immigrant families, though these vary considerably. This report explores this diversity of approaches, drawing on interviews with child welfare officials from 14 states, six counties, and New York City. For each of nine key issues—ranging from agency staffing and training, to language access policies and cooperation with foreign consulates—the researchers identify a recommended approach and discuss relevant policies and practices.

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Visualizing Trends for Children of Immigrants

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Visualizing Trends for Children of Immigrants

Urban Institute (February, 2016)

This recently updated tool presents data and trends over time on children of immigrants and their parents, families, and households for states and the top 100 metropolitan areas. This information is available starting in 2006 and updated as of March 2019.

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Immigration Data Matters

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Immigration Data Matters

Jeanne Batalova, Andriy Shymonyak, and Michelle Mittelstadt, Migration Policy Institute (March 2018)
This useful online guide links users directly to the most credible, high-quality data on immigrants and immigration in the United States and internationally. The easy-to-use publication includes more than 220 data resources compiled by governmental and authoritative nongovernmental sources.

Communities in Crisis: Interior Removals and Their Human Consequences

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Communities in Crisis: Interior Removals and Their Human Consequences

Kino Border Initiative, The Center for Migration Studies of New York, and the Office of Justice and Ecology (November 2018)

Migrant advocacy groups at the Arizona border are seeing more immigrants being deported after spending many years living in the United States and a new survey by several faith-based groups details the hardships separated families face after a relative is deported.

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Research Estimating Impact of Proposed Public Charge Rule: What Study to Use?

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Research Estimating Impact of Proposed Public Charge Rule: What Study to Use?

Protecting Immigrant Families (November 2018)

This document is a running summary of demographic and economic research estimating the impact of the proposed public charge rule. The document includes information on each research product’s key findings and data sources and suggests best uses for each product while describing the limitations of each research product.

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Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care

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Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (January 2019)

In response to the potential impact of the “zero-tolerance policy” on vulnerable children and ORR operations, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted this review to determine the number and status of separated children who have entered ORR care. OIG examines challenges that ORR-funded facilities have faced in reunifying separated children.

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