Deciding to be Legal

Deciding to be Legal

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To study the settlement process of undocumented migrants, Jacqueline Hagan examines one of Houston's Maya communities, the approximately 900 Maya from a township in the Department of Totonicapan, Guatemala. She traces this Maya community from its genesis in 1978, when a few men left the township in search of economic opportunity, to the complex effects of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). Based on several years of living and participating in the Totonicapan Maya community in Houston and a visit to the Guatemalan home community, Hagan's research combines interviews, community participation, and observation to evaluate immigration policy. Hagan shows that these immigrants do not passively accept U.S. immigration policy, but instead interpret it and base their actions on their own agenda within the context of their local community. The results, often quite unexpected by national policy makers, question popular myths about the settlement of immigrant communities. The author discusses the different settlement experiences of men and women and the effects of IRCA on family and community structure. Analyzing how legal status influences settlement behavior and international networks, she finds that strong community-based networks and social ties with a home community lead to successful adaptation. Author note: Jacqueline Maria Hagan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston.This is a critical function in the case of the retail chain, where a new immigrant worker will not be hired unless he is recommended by another immigrant ... Juan then went on to describe the immigrantsa#39; control of the maintenance jobs: It isanbsp;...

Title:Deciding to be Legal
Author:Jacqueline Maria Hagan
Publisher:Temple University Press - 1994


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