Immigration Policy and Latinx Family Wellbeing: Immigration Socialization and Children’s Legal Awareness
Cecilia Ayón is a community-based researcher who examines factors that impact the well-being of Latinx immigrant families. Her research has documented the negative effects of restrictive immigration policy and enforcement on Latinx families’ wellbeing and health as well as their strengths and resilience. Ayón will present an expanded model of the ethnic-racial socialization process or strategies used by families to communicate about race/ethnicity, discrimination, and inequity. Specifically, the presentation explores Latinx families’ engagement in immigration socialization or parent-child interactions about the immigration policy climate; and how the exposure to immigration critical incidents and the immigration socialization process informs children’s legal consciousness.