Research Highlights Risks to Immigrant Children

Tracey Potts
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Researchers Rama Rani Sutradhar and Dr. Stephanie Potochnick at the Truman School of Public Affairs released briefs discussing risks that immigrant children face.  The Academic Adaptation of Immigrant Students with Interrupted Schooling provides the first national-level look at the problem of interrupted schooling among immigrant children. The researchers used the Educational Longitudinal Study (2002), a national survey of US 10th graders, in their assessment and found that while students with interrupted schooling face language and educational gaps, they are also more motivated to succeed. The study profiles the scope and academic performance of Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) and provides a call for action for policymakers and educators to develop policies and programs to help immigrant children succeed in school. The Newcomer Toolkit,  a report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education in 2016 and updated in 2017,  provides information for schools and teachers to welcome and support the educational, emotional and environmental needs of immigrant children.

In another brief entitled Immigration Enforcement Increases Food Insecurity Risk among Immigrant Children, Sutradhar and Potochnick focus on the effects of localized immigrant enforcement on food insecurity risks and related, preventable health risks to immigrant children. The study provides the first national-level evidence of the association between "adoption of a 287(g) agreement by local law enforcement and increased food insecurity risk for Mexican non-citizen households by as much as 10 percentage points" and that about 30 percent of those households with children were food insecure.

July 10, 2018