Department of Sociology

Joanna Dreby was recently quoted in a piece published in The Atlantic on March 22, 2017, entitled, How Fear of Deportation Puts Stress on Families."

The author, in regard to "children of undocumented parents ha[ving] fewer behavior[al] problems" states that these children "sit still and are quiet, but they're experiencing a lot of internal stress that might not be so apparent externally. "Yet those fears manifest on the playground, says Joanna Dreby, a sociologist at the State University of New York at Albany who studies immigration and families. She recently observed students at a school with a majority of Mexican or Dominican children playing what they called migra, the Spanish word for immigration police. 'Instead of cops and robber, it was ICE chasing the immigrant,' she says. 'That’s chilling!' Her 12-year-old son, who’s Mexican-American, recently attended a birthday party where the kids were playing a game they called 'climb the border fence'—apparently a politically contemporary version of 'capture the flag.' 'I did research on the impact of deportation fears during the Obama Administration,' she says. 'But the level of insecurity and fear has been ratcheted up.'

The full article can be found here.

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