Stitching the U.S. Safety Net: Inequality and Social Mobility in Mixed Status Latino Immigrant Families

Awarded Scholars:
Yana Kucheva, CUNY City College
Norma Fuentes-Mayorga, CUNY City College
Project Date:
Mar 2021
Award Amount:

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of Latino families, many of whom are not eligible for assistance from federal- and state-level social safety net programs due to their documentation status. This project will employ a mixed-methods study which follows a sample of the Latino population in the New York City metropolitan area, living in mixed-status households, from the early days of the pandemic through Fall 2021 to address the following research questions: 1) How has the U.S. social safety net contributed to new forms of schooling, employment, and housing insecurity among the Latino population during the pandemic?; 2) What coping strategies have helped the Latino population to secure housing and employment during the pandemic and how do these differ by immigration status?; 3) What are the implications of the pandemic for the educational attainment and future mobility of second-generation Latino youth?


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