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ERIC Number: EJ1100732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 70
The Impact of Living in a Mixed-Status Family on PK-12 Students
Mass, Allison; Cohen, James; McCarthy, Sadie; Dahnweih, Gonwo; Franklin, Myia
Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, v10 n1 p18-35 2016
Between July 1, 2010, and September 31, 2012, "nearly 23% of all deportations--or 204,810 deportations--were issued for parents with citizen children" (Wessler, 2012). In addition, Homeland Security reported that 315,943 immigrants were "removed" from the U.S. in 2014 alone (U.S. Homeland Security, 2014), which is added to the nearly two million people who had been deported since President Obama took office (Corones, 2015). Hence, the government's enforcement of its immigration policy has helped create several problems: (1) the foster care system is now more overwhelmed (Wessler, 2011); (2) the fabric of thousands of families is being destroyed (Wessler, 2011); and (3) students are being emotionally, psychologically, physically, and academically affected by these deportations. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) is separating family members, especially undocumented parents from their citizen children, by deporting parents and leaving children behind in either the foster care system or with relatives. The purpose of this article is to map the impact that current immigration policies have on students in mixed-status families by reviewing the existing literature. Mixed-status families consist of at least one family member without documentation and at least one member with documentation (Newman, 2016). The authors begin by describing the problem, including discussion on the psychological, physical, and academic effects of living in a mixed-status family on PK-12 students. They conclude with potential solutions that teachers and schools can execute to improve the schooling experiences of PK-12 students in mixed-status families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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