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 Profiles: State Immigration Policy and Children’s Well-being

By | Child Well-Being, ICE, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research, Research Highlight, State Policies

Immigration Profiles: State Immigration Policy and Children’s Well-being

Dr. Chloe East, Dr. James Bacjmeier, Joseph Stinson & Susi Martinez, National Center for Children in Poverty (November 2021)

This research report looks at public benefit programs by state and assesses the effects that parental immigration status requirements have on a child’s ability to access these programs.

The Impacts on English Learners of Key State High School Policies and Graduation Requirements

By | Immigrant Families Research, Immigrant Youth, Language Issues, Research, Research Highlight, Social Work

The Impacts on English Learners of Key State High School Policies and Graduation Requirements

Julie Sugarman,  Migration Policy Institute (November 2021)

This research report discusses how state policies around high school completion may have an impact on English Learners (ELs) education. It also discusses opportunities to ensure ELs are provided access to a high-quality education, while still allowing the schools flexibility to accommodate local needs.

Federal Stimulus Payments Kept More Than 2 Million Latino and Black Children Out of Poverty During the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Families Research, Research, Research Highlight

Federal Stimulus Payments Kept More Than 2 Million Latino and Black Children Out of Poverty During the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

Dana Thomson, Lina Guzman & Renee Ryberg, Child Trends (September 17, 2021)

This brief report highlights how federal stimulus payments kept millions of children out of poverty, with Black and Latino children being the largest ethnic/racial groups impacted.

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Most U.S. Hispanic Children Can Trace Their Heritage to Mexico, but Many Other Hispanic Children’s Family Roots Extend Across Latin America

By | Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Families Research, Research, Research Highlight

Most U.S. Hispanic Children Can Trace Their Heritage to Mexico, but Many Other Hispanic Children’s Family Roots Extend Across Latin America

Yiyu Chen & Lina Guzman, Hispanic Research Center (October 6, 2o21)

This report draws from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) to provide a full picture of U.S. Hispanic children’s roots throughout Latin America.

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Understanding Psychiatric Implications of Child Immigration

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Families Research, Immigrant Youth, Research, Research Highlight, Trauma, Unaccompanied Minors

Understanding Psychiatric Implications of Child Immigration

Pavan Madan, The Psychiatric Times (October 12, 2021)

This report explains the effects that immigration has on adolescents and children, including the prevalence of psychiatric disorders on this population and the factors that reduce negative outcomes.

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From Immigrant Detention to a More Effective U.S. Immigration Custody System

By | Deportation, Detention, ICE, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research Highlight

From Immigrant Detention to a More Effective U.S. Immigration Custody System

Randy Capps, Doris Meissner, Nina Siulc & Claire Trickler-McNulty, Migration Policy Institute (September 2, 2021)

This webinar discusses the findings of a new report regarding the U.S. immigration detention system and makes recommendations on how the system can be redesigned.

Latino Children Represent over a Quarter of the Child Population Nationwide and Make up at Least 40 percent in 5 Southwestern States

By | Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Families Research, Research Highlight

Latino Children Represent over a Quarter of the Child Population Nationwide and Make up at Least 40 percent in 5 Southwestern States

Yiyu Chen & Lina Guzman, National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (September 15, 2021)

This report provides data on the Latino children population at a state level and provides comparison data for the different states.

Practitioners in New Mexico’s TANF program offer perspectives on Engaging Hispanic Families

By | Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Families Research, Social Work

Practitioners in New Mexico’s TANF program offer perspectives on Engaging Hispanic Families

Megan Finno-Velasquez, Lisa Gennetain, Sophia Sepp and Santiago Deambrosi, National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (September 22, 2021)

This brief discusses a survey given to practitioners within the New Mexico TANF program to highlight, at a local and state level, how these practitioners are engaging with Hispanic families seeking services.

How Systemic Inequities in Language Access are Impacting Asian, Pacific Islander, and African Immigrant and Refugee Communities During the Pandemic

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Families Research, Language Issues, Research Highlight

How Systemic Inequities in Language Access are Impacting Asian, Pacific Islander, and African Immigrant and Refugee Communities During the Pandemic

 Derek Lin, MPH, Research and Policy Analyst, New Mexico Voices for Children and Judy Barnstone, Ph.D., Associate Professor, New Mexico Highlands University (August 2021)

This report documents the findings of a mixed-method study exploring language access-related challenges experienced by refugee and immigrant communities in New Mexico during the pandemic.

Latino Child Poverty Rose During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Especially Among Children in Immigrant Families

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Families Research, Research Highlight

Latino Child Poverty Rose During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Especially Among Children in Immigrant Families

Lina Guzman & Yiyu Chen, National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (August 3, 2021)

This data snapshot, from a larger series documenting Latino families’ experiences during and after the pandemic, indicates that the pandemic’s economic toll impacted Latino children in immigrant families particularly heavily.

Mississippi ICE Raids Two Years Later: Increased Strains and Shrinking Hope

By | Deportation, Family Separation, ICE, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research Highlight

Mississippi ICE Raids Two Years Later: Increased Strains and Shrinking Hope

Mississippi Center for Justice (August 6, 2021)

This report reviews the lasting impacts and problems 2 years after the 2019 ICE raids in Mississippi and provides recommendations for a path forward. Read previous report here too.

Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Public Charge, Research Highlight

Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families: Proceedings of a Workshop in Brief

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2021)

This brief reviews topics addressed during a workshop on immigrant families’ access to U.S. social programs and the implications for children’s mental, emotional, behavioral, and physical well-being.

“It felt like my son had died”: Zero tolerance and the trauma of family separation

By | Child Well-Being, Family Separation, Foster Care, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research Highlight, Trauma

“It felt like my son had died”: Zero tolerance and the trauma of family separation

Óscar F. Gil-García, Francesca Bové, Luz Velazquez,  Sarah Vener & Alexandra Miranda; Latino Studies (May 3, 2021)

This research documents the traumatic impacts of family separation under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy.

New Data Reveal Stark Decreases in SNAP Participation Among U.S. Citizen Children Living With a Non-Citizen

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Families Research, Research Highlight

New Data Reveal Stark Decreases in SNAP Participation Among U.S. Citizen Children Living With a Non-Citizen

Food Research & Action Center (May 2021)

This new analysis of the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Quality Control data found that SNAP participation dropped by 22.5% (718,000+ children) among U.S. citizen children in households with a non-citizen.

Asian Immigrant Experiences with Racism, Immigration-Related Fears, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

By | Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research Highlight

Asian Immigrant Experiences with Racism, Immigration-Related Fears, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Samantha Artiga, Latoya Hill, Bradley Corallo, and Jennifer Tolbert; Kaiser Family Foundation (June 18, 2021)

This reports details the recent experiences of racism and discrimination, immigration-related fears, and impacts of the pandemic among Asian immigrant patients at four community health centers in Alameda County, CA; San Francisco, CA; Houston, TX; and King County, WA.

Borders, Immigrants & Health

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Public Charge, Trauma

Borders, Immigrants & Health

Health Affairs (July 2021)

This issue of Health Affairs contains various research articles, datagraphics, analyses and commentaries on the intersection of immigration and health issues, including topics such as public charge, sanctuary policy, insurance coverage and how they impact immigrant children and families.

Documentation status socialization among Latinx immigrant parents

By | Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Families Research, Parenting, Research Highlight

Documentation status socialization among Latinx immigrant parents

Fernanda L Cross, Saraí Blanco Martinez, Deborah Rivas-Drake; New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development (May 25, 2021)

This study explored the ethnic-racial socialization practices among Latinx immigrant families in the U.S., including documentation status socialization, to better understand the types of messages parents share with their children related to the causes and potential impacts of their documentation status.

‘A place where my children could learn to read, write, and play’: The search for early care and education among undocumented Central American immigrant mothers

By | Child Well-Being, Early Childhood, Immigrant Families Research, Parenting, Research Highlight

‘A place where my children could learn to read, write, and play’: The search for early care and education among undocumented Central American immigrant mothers 

Colleen K.Vesely, Elizabeth K.DeMulder, Amber B. Sansbury, Elizabeth F. Davis, Bethany L. Letiecq, Isabella Willard, Rachael D. Goodman, and Amigas de la Comunidad; Early Childhood Research Quarterly (May 2021)

Getting Back on Track: A Detailed Look at Health Coverage Trends for Latino Children

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Families Research, Public Charge, Research Highlight

Getting Back on Track: A Detailed Look at Health Coverage Trends for Latino Children

Kelly WhitenerAlexandra Corcoran; Center for Children & Families of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute (June 8, 2021)

This report reveals trends in healthcare coverage for Latino children in recent years, including the “chilling effects” of the Trump administration and its public charge rule, and provides recommendations for the federal and state/local levels to improve coverage for this vulnerable population.