Unpacking Immigrant Health: Policy, Stress, and Demographics
Currently, immigration and the status of immigrants are prevalent issues in the national and academic rhetoric as immigration policy is at a standstill in the U.S. At a federal level, passing any humane immigration policy is an uphill battle as the current administration fuels hatred towards this population which often includes referring to immigrants as criminals, animals, and in general dehumanizing the population. The intersection of such rhetoric and aggressive enforcement practices serves to create oppressive living environments where immigrants work, engage socially, and raise their children. Concomitantly, the status of immigrants’ health and well-being is a critical issue among a segment of immigration scholars because as the restrictive immigration policy context and anti-immigrant rhetoric increases so does the risk for poor health outcomes among immigrants and their families. Emerging evidence suggests that documentation status is a social determinant of health and...
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