Masters Thesis

Build the wall: examining resiliency and sense of self of undocumented immigrant farmworkers in an anti-immigration political climate in the Central Valley

There are an estimated 10.5 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States (Krogstad, Passel, & Cohn, 2019). As changes in immigration policies and legislation become harsher and more restrictive, the purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the perceptions of undocumented immigrant farmworkers in their sense of self, resiliency, and use of social networks and support in an anti-immigration political climate. Six undocumented immigrant farmworkers were interviewed using qualitative methods and five themes were developed in the course of this study: 1) Experiences as Immigrants; 2) Perceptions of Farm Workers; 3) Use of Social Networks; 4) Resiliency and Coping; and 5.) Hope for Future Legislation. This study recommends future immigration policy reform and discusses the implications for social work practice with this population.

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