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New RSF Issue: Undocumented Immigrants and Their Experience with Illegality

Today, about 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the U.S. Most have family members who are citizens or lawful permanent residents, and over half have lived here for at least thirteen years. Yet, the threat of deportation and lack of citizenship rights have profound effects on the well-being of both undocumented individuals and their families. In Volume 3, Issue 4 of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, editors Roberto G. Gonzales (Harvard University) and Steven Raphael (University of California, Berkeley) and an interdisciplinary team of scholars examine the lives of undocumented immigrants and the challenges that confront them.

Several contributors investigate the effects of immigrant detention centers on families and minors. Others explore how parents’ undocumented status can have negative consequences for children, including psychological distress and lower rates of educational attainment and political participation later in life. The contributors also find that increased access to financial, educational, legal, and other immigration-related resources for families with undocumented members can help buffer children against trauma related to deportation and family separations. Together, these articles reveal the significant consequences of illegality for undocumented immigrants, their families and their communities.

Browse the open-access issue in full.

Summer 2017 Awards Approved in RSF Programs and Special Initiatives

The trustees approved twelve research projects in the programs on Social Inequality and the Future of Work and the special initiatives on Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge, Computational Social Science, and the Affordable Care Act at their June 2017 board meeting.

View the full list of new projects.

Funding Opportunity: Immigration and Immigrant Integration

The Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Special Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. We are especially interested in novel uses of under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. The deadline for applications is August 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

View more information on this initiative and detailed guidelines on how to apply.

Deadline Reminder: LOIs Due August 21, 2017, for Programs and Special Initiatives

The deadline for letters of inquiry for funding in RSF’s programs on Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Behavioral Economics, and funding in RSF’s special initiatives on Integrating Biology and Social Science, Computational Social Science, and the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act is August 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

View all funding opportunities and guidelines on how to apply.

RSF Author Scott W. Allard, Places in Need, in the News

Scott W. Allard (University of Washington) has recently appeared in a number of media outlets to discuss his new book, Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty. The book, which analyzes the rise of suburban poverty over the last 25 years, has been profiled in depth by the Nation, Curbed, Business Insider, and Quartz, and excerpted in the Guardian. Allard has also conducted interviews with Pacific Standard, the Atlantic’s CityLab, and multiple radio stations across the country to discuss his work.

In Places in Need, Allard shows that the rise in suburban poverty has not been accompanied by decreased urban poverty, suggesting that solutions for reducing poverty must work in both cities and suburbs, where social safety nets are often stretched thin. As he told Pacific Standard, “The first step is to make sure we maintain our public commitment to safety net programs that we know work—SNAP, EITC, Medicaid, childcare subsidies, a range of employment and training programs that we think help job seekers.”

Read more about Places in Need or purchase a copy.

View the full list of RSF books and authors in the news.

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