PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Funding: This project is funded by a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) and the USC Department of Sociology
The aim of my project is to examine the challenges that immigrants might face to regularize their migration status if the pending Comprehensive Immigration Reform becomes law. While some studies shed light on the economic benefits that the regularization of undocumented immigrants would bring to the state of California, other scholars have documented how once immigrants regularize their status, both real estate acquisition and establishment of small businesses by immigrants rapidly increase. Yet, less attention has been paid to document the socio-emotional barriers that immigrants might face in search of regularizing their migratory status and most importantly those challenges that might prevent them from regularizing once this immigration bill becomes law. My sincere hope is that my work will not just be an extraction of truths, but will also provide information with which immigrants in general, but particularly women and other disadvantaged groups, may reflect upon and im prove their understanding of the socio-economic and emotional conditions in which immigrant communities live in the United States.