The Impact of Perceived Discrimination and Immigration Policies Upon Perceptions of Quality of Life Among Latinos in the United States

David Becerra, David Androff, Andrea Cimino, M. Alex Wagaman, Kelly N. Blanchard

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Abstract

This study examined the impact of enforcement of US immigration policies and perceived discrimination on perceptions of quality of life for Latinos in the US. Data for this study were drawn from the 2007 Pew Hispanic Center survey of 2,000 Latino adults living in the US. Multinomial logistic regressions indicated that participants who had higher levels of perceived discrimination and who were personally affected by US immigration enforcement also perceived the following: (1) life was more difficult now for Latinos than in the past; (2) higher levels of fear of deportation for themselves or a loved one; (3) the lives of Latino children will be worse in the future; and (4) a lower quality of life for themselves. Female participants and participants with more years in the United States, and higher levels of linguistic acculturation generally had fewer issues regarding immigration policies or had a more positive outlook for Latinos in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-78
Number of pages14
JournalRace and Social Problems
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 13 2013

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Immigration
  • Immigration policy
  • Latinos
  • Perceived discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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