Current Projects

Young and Undocumented: The Impacts of Immigration Status on the Incorporation of Immigrant Youth
This project investigates a critical paradox of contemporary U.S. immigration policy. On one hand, undocumented immigrants are legally excludable from the state, blocked from formal economic integration and healthcare access, and socially stigmatized. On the other hand, they are eligible for certain rights and institutional access, including, for example, K-12 education for undocumented children and certain labor law protections for undocumented workers. How do undocumented young adults experience this incomplete inclusion and what does it mean for their integration? What impacts does legal status have on their educational outcomes and social network formation? What tactics do they employ as they struggle for more formal inclusion? This project analyzes survey data, in-depth interviews, and secondary data sources.

Assessing the Educational and Economic Trajectories, Civic Engagement, and Health Status of DACA Applicants
This original survey and in-depth interview project analyzes the experiences of over 500 undocumented immigrants in Southern California before and after receiving deferred action (and subsequent work authorization) through the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In collaboration with Dream Team Los Angeles.

Collateral Consequences of Crimmigration: Household and Community Impacts of Long-Term Immigration Detention
This study examines the impacts of immigration detention on the loved ones (spouses / partners and children) of former and currently detained immigrants.

Immigrant Detention Study
The first of its kind, this original longitudinal study investigates the impacts of immigration detention and release on the socioeconomic status and well-being of detainees and their families.

Legally Vulnerable Workers Project
A series of papers use survey data representative of 1.64 million low-wage workers in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York to explore the labor market experiences of legally vulnerable individuals (e.g. noncitizens, individuals with a criminal record, etc.).

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