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The Changing Structure of Families of American Children with Unauthorized Parents

Professor Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

Since 9/11, the United States has sought to shrink the number of undocumented immigrants both by discouraging their entry and by facilitating their identification, apprehension, and deportation. Tougher immigration enforcement has led to 1.8 million deportations between 2009 and 2013 alone, most of them involving fathers and heads of household. We will assess how the escalation of immigration enforcement has affected the structure of the families of U.S.-born children with an undocumented parent by increasing the prevalence of female-headed households with an absentee spouse and children living without parents. The emotional, cognitive, and socioeconomic costs of being raised in a single-headed household are part of the collateral damage that heightened enforcement has on the families to which these children belong.

Instructor: Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at San Diego State University. Her recent publications include Can Authorization Reduce Poverty Among Undocumented Immigrants? Evidence from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. She earned her BA at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and her MA and PhD at Western Michigan University.

Coordinator: Steve Jenner

Course Number: OSHR-70050   Credit: 0 units


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04/20/2017 In-class 123378 $0.00  

Day and Time: Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla