The impact of detention and deportation on Latino immigrant children and families: A quantitative exploration

Kalina Brabeck, Qingwen Xu

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Children of Latino immigrants, many of whom live in "mixed-status" families, are a rapidly growing group in the United States. It is widely accepted that their development is affected by multiple and complex factors, including those in their distal context (e.g., laws, institutions, policies). Despite the enormity of the deportation system and its vigorous implementation in recent years, little research has investigated how this particular component of the distal context affects Latino immigrant families. The present survey was designed to statistically explore the impact of detention/deportation on Latino immigrant parents and children (N = 132). Regression analyses indicated that (1) parents with higher levels of legal vulnerability report a greater impact of detention/ deportation on the family environment (parent emotional well-being, ability to provide financially, and relationships with their children) and children's well-being (child's emotional well-being and academic performance) and (2) parents' legal vulnerability and the impact of detention/deportation on the family predict outcomes for children. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-361
Number of pages21
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Deportation
  • Detention
  • Latino immigrant children
  • Latino immigrant families
  • Mixed-status families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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