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Report Cards, Papeles, and La Carta de Responsibilidad: The Circulation of Papers in the Everyday Lives of Mixed-status Families

Migration Studies Group presents a talk by Ariana Mangual Figueroa, Ph.D., Rutgers Graduate School of Education-

Friday, March 09, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Moore Hall 3340
The Reading Room
Los Angeles, CA


Plyler v. Doe, the 1982 Supreme Court case granting undocumented students the right to a public education, has been upheld through an educational “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that has protected this population by mandating its invisibility. However, thirty years after the passage of Plyler, undocumented students and the U.S.-born children of undocumented parents have taken center stage in national debates over immigration reform and educational equity. hese children and youth form part of a growing demographic of mixed-status families—families in which some members are undocumented, some are U.S.-born citizens, and others are in the process of obtaining legal U.S. residence. This talk will examine how citizenship arise in the everyday lives of mixed-status Mexican families by tracking conversations around report cards, immigration papers, and a document regarding children’s custody in the event of their parents’ deportation. The goal is to provide ethnographic evidence of language socialization experiences across home, school, and public settings that can help offer a more nuanced understanding of this growing population—a population that’s increasingly central in public discourse but marginal in educational research.

Sponsor(s): Program on International Migration

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