How Undocumented Status Shapes Parenting

Approximately seven percent of children in the United States live with at least one undocumented parent. Cardoso and colleagues (2018) conducted semi-structured interviews with undocumented adults in Texas between 2012 and 2013 to better understand how undocumented status shapes parenting behaviors. Several common experiences were identified in these interviews. First, parents reported that everyday tasks, [...]

Why Do Immigrants Stay in Communities with Harsh Immigration Laws?

Tough immigration laws have been passed in several states in recent years, including Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, and Utah. These laws include such provisions as restricting unauthorized immigrants’ access to education and health services and authorizing police to demand papers proving citizenship from individuals they suspect of being in the country unlawfully. According to Valdez [...]

Resilient Afghan Women Coping with Violence and Immigration

Exposure to war-related violence is a common experience of Afghan women who immigrate to the United States. Although previous research has identified detrimental effects of war-related trauma and displacement on survivors’ mental health, other studies have demonstrated resilience and successful coping strategies.  Welsh and Brodsky (2010) used a mental health checklist and conducted qualitative individual [...]

College Student Language Brokers

“Language broker” is the term used to describe children from immigrant families who are placed in the role of translating written and spoken communication for their parents.  The literature on language brokers has been inconsistent in terms of the effects on identity and well-being.  Weisskirch, Kim, Zamboanga, Schwartz, Bersamin, and Umaña-Taylor (2011) suggested that language [...]