What is it about?

Stress from anti-immigrant rhetoric and bias has become a part of daily existence for mixed status families across the U.S . The stories (testimonios) of a small group of undocumented immigrants and college students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status are explored through in vivo codes. The article examines themes in participants' stories and offers ways in which educators and medical professionals can continue to support mixed status families as they weather the current era.

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Why is it important?

Participants' stories illustrate the daily plight of mixed-status families who have lived in the U.S. relatively peacefully for years. Their testimonios portray the human side behind the immigration debate and hopefully compel readers to think and act on their behalf.


It was a great honor to listen to the participants' stories and be trusted to share them with the public. I am very passionate about the immigration debate and believe that it is time for all of us who believe that the U.S. should continue to be a beacon of hope for immigrant families to act. This is my small way of acting and activating for social justice.

Jennifer Green

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This page is a summary of: Under the Cloud of Deportation Threat: Testimonios Reveal Impact on Mixed-Status Families, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, March 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0739986319837205.
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