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J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Jun;19(3):702-708. doi: 10.1007/s10903-016-0390-6.

Health Implications of an Immigration Raid: Findings from a Latino Community in the Midwestern United States.

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1
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA. wdlopez@umich.edu.
2
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA.
3
School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
4
Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
5
Washtenaw County Community Health Worker, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
6
Washtenaw County Public Health Department, Ypsilanti, MI, USA.
7
Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR), Ypsilanti, MI, USA.
8
School of Social Work, WICIR, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

Abstract

Immigration raids exemplify the reach of immigration law enforcement into the lives of Latino community members, yet little research characterizes the health effects of these raids. We examined the health implications of an immigration raid that resulted in multiple arrests and deportations and occurred midway through a community survey of a Latino population. We used linear regression following principal axis factoring to examine the influence of raid timing on immigration enforcement stress and self-rated health. We controlled for age, sex, relationship status, years in the county in which the raid occurred, children in the home, and nativity. 325 participants completed the survey before the raid and 151 after. Completing the survey after the raid was associated with higher levels of immigration enforcement stress and lower self-rated health scores. Findings indicate the negative impact of immigration raids on Latino communities. Immigration discussions should include holistic assessments of health.

KEYWORDS:

Community health; Immigrant; Immigration policy; Latino; Mixed status; Undocumented

PMID:
27041120
PMCID:
PMC5399061
DOI:
10.1007/s10903-016-0390-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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