1st Edition

Everyday Fears of Legal Immigrants with Undocumented Spouses Under U.S. Immigration Policy

By Nina Michalikova Copyright 2020
    176 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the adaptation experiences of legal immigrants with undocumented spouses, considering the structural limitations that they face in their private, social, and professional lives, as well as in regard to their finances and health. The first study to systematically analyze the ways in which legal immigrants are affected by federal and state policies that target their undocumented spouses, it reveals that, regardless of their immigration status, all members of mixed-status families are directly or indirectly subjected to the same intrusive and punitive laws. Based on an autoethnographic approach, Everyday Fears of Legal Immigrants with Undocumented Spouses: Under U.S. Immigration Policy also draws on additional qualitative research as well empirical evidence from existing studies and the latest quantitative data from various governmental agencies and think tanks. It thus integrates multiple approaches to ways of knowing and understanding the experiences of legal immigrants in mixed-status families and will therefore appeal to social scientists with interests in migration.

    1. Introduction

    2. Personal Life

    3. Social Life

    4. Professional Life

    5. Finances

    6. Health

    7. Conclusion


    Nina Michalikova is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Oklahoma, USA, and the author of New Eastern European Immigrants in the United States.