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.

Safe-Zone Schools and Children with Undocumented Parents

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Immigrant Families Research, Legal/Law, Research, Safety

Safe-Zone Schools and Children with Undocumented Parents

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, José R. Bucheli & Ana P. Martinez-Donate, National Symposium on Family Issues (November 27, 2021)

This research explores different geographical areas that have adopted safe-zone policies and assesses how these polices protect students from the potential negative impacts of immigration enforcement. (Note this chapter is not open access.)

Research Documents Harm of Public Charge Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Research Documents Harm of Public Charge Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Protecting Immigrant Families (January 2022)

This report outlines how the Trump-era public charge policy continues to negatively impact immigrant families during the COVID-19 pandemic despite its reversal by the Biden administration in March 2021.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in the United We Dream Community

By | Deportation, Immigrant Families Research, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Research, Research Highlight

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the United We Dream Community

Latinx Immigrant Health Alliance and United We Dream, United We Dream (2021)

This report outlines how the COVID-19 pandemic, fear of deportation and detention, and lack of support from current and past administrations has impacted the health and wellbeing of undocumented youth and adults.

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The psychological effects of forced family separation on asylum-seeking children and parents at the US-Mexico border: A qualitative analysis of medico-legal documents

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

The psychological effects of forced family separation on asylum-seeking children and parents at the US-Mexico border: A qualitative analysis of medico-legal documents

Kathryn Hampton, Elsa Raker, Hajar Habbach, Linda Camaj Deda, Michele Heisler, and Ranit Mishori; PLOS ONE (November 24, 2021)

This study explored narratives from parents and children separated as a result of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy. Data indicated significant negative mental health outcomes even after reunification.

The Invisible Work of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers and its Importance for Immigrant and Dual Language Learner Families

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Early Childhood, Immigrant Families Research, Research Highlight, State Policies

The Invisible Work of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers and its Importance for Immigrant and Dual Language Learner Families

Maki Park & Jasmine Flores Pena, Migration Policy Institute (December 2021)

This brief reviews the importance of family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care for immigrant and dual language learner families and the barriers these caregivers encounter in accessing public subsidies and other supportive resources. It also provides recommendations to improve support of FFN caregivers.

“Any Day They Could Deport Me”: Over 44,000 Immigrant Children Trapped in the SIJS Backlog

By | Deportation, Immigrant Families Research, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Legal/Law, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

“Any Day They Could Deport Me”: Over 44,000 Immigrant Children Trapped in the SIJS Backlog

Rachel Leya Davidson and Laila L. Hlass, End SIJS Backlog Coalition and The Door (November 2021)

This report documents the extent and ramifications of the SIJS backlog and offers recommendations for addressing the backlog and providing protection to this vulnerable population of children.

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.