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Policy Report | January 2017
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in North Carolina: Perspectives from Immigrants and Community-Based Organizations
This report evaluates the impact of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in North Carolina, the state with the highest application rate to DACA in the nation in the first two years of the program (2012-2014). Our research is based on ethnographic data, interviews, and surveys with DACA educators and immigrants in urban and rural areas. We examined the strategies and lessons learned by staff of key organizations involved in DACA implementation efforts. We evaluated the experiences of immigrants during the application process and examined the impact of DACA status on their lives. Our findings suggest that DACA has had a positive impact on immigrants’ economic and educational mobility as well as their outlook on living in the United States, indicators that the program is an important facilitator of immigrant integration. At the same time, DACA’s impacts have been uneven across immigrant communities due to cost of application, geographic proximity to DACA services, and local level political contexts of immigrant reception. We offer policy recommendations for current and future legalization efforts.
Summary Report | October 2016
hispaniccommunityHispanic Community Assessment for El Vínculo Hispano/The Hispanic Liaison (EVH)


In 2016, LMP was contracted by El Vínculo Hispano/The Hispanic Liaison (EVH) to conduct a collaborative Hispanic Community Assessment in Chatham County, North Carolina. This process offered an opportunity for 160 community members and 20 organizations to share their feedback and ideas about the future of EVH. The EVH Board of Directors used the findings reported by LMP to set the organization’s next goals and priorities.

A look at “accessioning” in New Roots/Nuevas RaícesNewRootsDiagram

At New Roots we are constantly looking for ways to improve access to a growing collection of oral history interviews related to Latin American migration that provides first-hand accounts of the demographic changes that have occurred over the last 20 years. Author María Silvia Ramírez had the opportunity to examine one of the core functions of archival practice and collection development: accessioning.

Policy Report | September 2015
Building Integrated Communities through Language Rights

Policy report that provides critical information for statewide entities and initiatives working to assist with immigrant integration, particularly in regard to advocacy for language access and language rights of minority populations. The brief has four sections: Law, Legal Norms, and Language Rights; Assessments, Oversight, Compliance, and Best Practices; and Special Populations—Unaccompanied Minors. AUthors: Ashleigh Davis, Ikee Gardner Patricia Heyen, Jacob Oakes, Caroline Outten, Leslie Puzo, Shun Ming Yau and Faculty Adviser, Deborah Weissman. Read more.


Report | February 2010
The 287(g) Program: The Costs and Consequences of Local Immigration Enforcement in NC287cover

This study examines the best available data on the 287(g) Program to estimate the costs and efficacy of this new public policy in North Carolina. North Carolina jurisdictions that have adopted the program include Alamance, Cabarrus, Gaston, Guilford, Henderson, Mecklenburg, Cumberland, and Wake Counties, and Durham City. Our research addresses three key questions about public safety, financial cost, and the relationship between immigration and crime.

Report | March 2012
Latinos in North Carolina: A Growing Part of the State’s Economic and Social Landscape

Dr. Hannah Gill is featured in the Immigration Policy Center’s Perspectives, which are thoughtful narratives written by leading academics and researchers who bring a wide range of multi‐disciplinary knowledge to the issue of immigration policy. The Immigration Policy Center, established in 2003, is the policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC’s mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society.

Reference Guide | August 2012
Latino Migration Research, North Carolina and the Southeast Region referenceguide

This reference guide encompasses research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in addition to other academic institutions throughout the United States. The journal articles and books are widely available through academic libraries and online databases such as Google Scholar, Jstor, and Project Muse. The majority of the PhD dissertations and Master’s theses are accessible via ProQuest’s Dissertations & Theses search base. The entire collection of UNC dissertations, theses and Honors essays are also archived in Wilson Library’s North Carolina Collection.

Book | November 2010
The Latino Migration Experience in North Carolina: New Roots in the Old North StateHannahbook

Over recent decades, the Southeast has become a new frontier for Latin American migration to and within the United States, and North Carolina has had one of the fastest growing Latino populations in the nation. Here, Hannah Gill offers North Carolinians from all walks of life a better understanding of their Latino neighbors, bringing light instead of heat to local and national debates on immigration.

Book | 2006
Going to Carolina del Norte, Narrating Mexican Migrant Experiences
Their book Going to Carolina del Norte presents the stories of Mexican immigrants living in Orange County, North Carolina and their families who remain in Celaya, Guanajuato. These immigrants and their families reflect on why and how they settled in the United States (specifically North Carolina) and how migration has impacted child-raising, education, gender roles, and class divisions in origin communities in Mexico.

Report | 2014
Promotoras across the border: a pilot study addressing depression in Mexican women impacted by migration

The migration of working-aged men from Mexico to the United States fractures the family-centered support structures typical ofpromotoras Latin America and contributes to high levels of depression in women left behind in migratory sending communities in Mexico. Mujeres en Solidaridad Apoyandose (MESA) was developed to improve depression in women through social support in a resource poor setting. MESA is a promotora intervention that trains women in the community to lead social support groups over a five-week period. The MESA curriculum uses a combination of cognitive behavioral theory techniques, psychoeducation, and social support activities aimed at alleviating or preventing depression in women. Results from this pilot efficacy study (n = 39) show that depressed participants at baseline experienced declines in depression as measured by the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale at follow-up. Other findings demonstrate the complexity behind addressing social support and depression for women impacted by migration in different ways.

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Building Integrated Communities in Sanford and Lee County, North Carolina. Demographics and Perspectives of Immigrant Residents.

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Building Integrated Communities in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, NC. Demographics and Perspectives of Foreign-Born Residents

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Immigrant Integration in N.C.: A Summit for Cities and Towns Summit Report


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