CitationRodríguez, Nestor; Paredes, Cristian L.; & Hagan, Jacqueline Maria (2017). Fear of Immigration Enforcement among Older Latino Immigrants in the United States. Journal of Aging and Health, 29(6), 986-1014.
AbstractOBJECTIVE: The passage of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) and other subsequent restrictive immigration policies have created fear among Latino immigrants. This study examines whether fear of immigration enforcement is socially significant among older (50+ years) foreign-born Latino individuals in the United States without citizenship or permanent residence, and whether disapproval of immigrant enforcement policies is directly associated with fear of immigration enforcement among this older population.
METHOD: Data used in the analysis come from 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013 national Latino surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center. Cross-sectional regression models are used to estimate the probabilities of fearing immigration enforcement in the Latino samples, as well as to examine the association between disapproval and fear of immigration enforcement.
RESULTS: The study finds that the predicted probabilities of fearing immigration enforcement among foreign-born individuals aged 50 and over without citizenship or permanent residence are not negligible. Moreover, the study finds evidence of a direct association between the disapproval of enforcement measures and fear of immigration enforcement.
DISCUSSION: Restrictive immigration measures have implications for conditions of fear and other stressors affecting the well-being of older immigrants.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Aging and Health
Paredes, Cristian L.
Hagan, Jacqueline Maria