Faculty Colloquium: Immigration Policy

Please join us this Friday, January 31st at 2:00 pm in the Library’s
Hatfield Room for this semester’s opening Faculty Colloquium. Our speaker will be:

Emily Drew, Associate Professor of Sociology and American Ethnic Studies

Title: Under One Roof: The Effects of Drew on Latino Families in Oregon

Abstract: The family, an institution responsible for economic and social stability, should ostensibly be safe from inequalities of the broader society. However, for immigrant families whose members have varied statuses, policy affects opportunities, roles, relationships and cohesion. Through interviews with 31 Latino families from 12 cities in Oregon (80 persons total), I discovered how policy (e.g. Secure Communities, drivers’ licenses) creates “divided fates” among members of one family, living under the same roof. Immigration policy creates and accentuates micro-stratification within Latina/o immigrant families, perpetuating a damaging dichotomy–citizen and not citizen. Consequently, it creates “unequal childhoods,” destabilizes families, and contributes to generational separation and cultural amnesia.

Doreen Simonsen and Stephanie DeGooyer
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators