The transition to adulthood is complicated for DACA recipients in mixed-status families

A new article in the Journal of Family Issues explores the transition to adulthood and changing family roles of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients living in mixed-status families (where some members are undocumented). Through in-depth qualitative interviews with DACA recipients in Florida, the researchers found that while DACA has expanded opportunities for recipients, it is also still characterized by instability and insecurity. Recipients’ transitions to adulthood are still complicated by their legal status precarity and their close connections to family members who remain undocumented. As they transition into young adulthood, DACA recipients were not able to “individuate” or distinguish themselves as adults separate from family systems the same way their peers with citizenship status are able to. Additionally, the new legal benefits granted to the DACA recipient can lead to youth taking on the role of ‘institutional broker’ in their family, helping undocumented members interface with government entities and outside organizations. #racialequity

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