Are Mexican Immigrants Becoming Full Participants in American Society?

Helen B. Marrow, Tufts University

The U.S. Congress may – or may not – pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.  As debates continue to rage, the best research shows that today’s new arrivals, if welcomed, will follow the same paths toward constructive American citizenship as earlier immigrants.

Marrow's Key Findings brief is co-authored with Tomas Roberto Jimenez of Stanford University. It encapsulates what many researchers have found about the steps by which immigrants from Mexico have progressed in the U.S. economy and taken steps toward full civic and political engagement in American democracy. Marrow and Jimenez also presented their findings in a July 2, 2013 Op Ed published in the Los Angeles Times.

Helen Marrow is a sociologist whose research combines demographic data with interview evidence and observations from field work. Her 2011 book, New Destinations Dreaming, studies North Carolina communities as a window into the experiences of immigrants and native residents in the rural American South. Marrow has also done research on health care provision for immigrant communities in the United States and abroad. She shares her research and ideas for wise public policies with scholarly and community audiences alike.

 

Related work by SSN scholars: Marrow and Jimenez are two of many contributors to a August 2013 Spotlight on "Will the House of Representatives Enact – or Kill – Immigration Reform?," which presents a range of research findings relevant to the current debates about comprehensive immigration reform in Congress and beyond.

February 2014