Angela S. Garcia
conducts research on how the livelihoods of undocumented communities are affected by local, often restrictive, laws. She spoke about different facets of her research, including how the introduction of municipal ID cards can be beneficial for immigrants who face obstacles in obtaining state IDs. Her book, Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law
, will be out this May.
spoke about her work as an epidemiologist studying how disease rates change when people immigrate to another country. She compared epidemiology to a sponge that absorbs knowledge from different disciplines beyond public health. Discussing how factors like discrimination and stress impact immigrants’ health outcomes, she explores how people maintain their health after immigrating; “was is because they had healthier lifestyles in the country they came from, or was it selection? It’s really hard to immigrate.”
shared her views on the nuances of research agendas. “Research done with academic goals in mind is different from research done in order to figure out what policy and advocacy groups need to know now,” she said. She cited her own experience in Mexico, working on research project for the Migration Policy institute. There, she realized that most of the research she was collecting would not be timely in the long-term, since immigration laws were always in flux.
explores how stories of immigrations are often conveyed through narration, which can be a way of working through the trauma of nostalgia. “Literature is a place where we can instantly connect with the perspective of another human being,” said Ilieva, speaking to the power of immigration narratives to create resonance across different communities. Nostalgia, which used to be considered a disease, conveys the major sense of loss that comes with immigration.
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• Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights (Chicago)
• Latino Policy Forum (Chicago)
• Migration Policy Institute
• Centro de los Derechos del Migrante
• Illinois Trust Act + Evaluations
• Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America
by Mae M. Ngai
• Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration
by Ana Raquel Minian
• Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law
by Angela S. Garcia
• The Future of Nostalgia
by Svetlana Boym
• Being Human, Being Migrant: Senses of Self and Well-Being
, edited by Anne Sigfrid Grønseth
• Strangers to Ourselves
by Julia Kristeva; tr. Leon S. Roudiez
• Migrant Stories
; published by the Creative Writing Department