Resiliency Theory Of Undocumented Immigrants

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In America there are approximately 5.5 million Latino children with undocumented parents, an estimated seventy-five percent of these children are American citizens (Rubio-Hernandez & Ayon, 2016). Immigrant children are the United States fasted growing population (Pine & Drachman, 2005). “Undocumented immigrants (also called illegal immigrants) are those who not have valid immigration documents. They may have expired temporary visas or may have entered the country without the knowledge of immigration authorities” (Pine & Drachman, 2005, p. 542). The needs of these immigrants or children of immigrants are not being met, and our mainstream institutions and professions to meet these needs (child welfare agencies, schools, etc.) are far outpaced. “American social work developed largely around the provision of services to immigrants” (Pine &
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“The strengths resiliency perspective focuses on understanding the personal and social processes that help individuals maintain a positive level of functioning despite the environmental challenges they face” (Marsiglia & Kulis, 2015, p. 142). This approach will help guide my research in finding the strengths within the undocumented immigrant’s culture, daily life, and adversities they face and overcome.
“Family unity is a strength among immigrants” (Pine & Drachman, 2005, p. 540) Social workers that are in the field of child welfare series can help with sources of support between the families and their environment and decide the best intervention strategy for good fit. A social worker would need to be able to be culturally competent with understanding the family’s experiences in immigration. Strengths that the Latino and Hispanic center around “familismo” which is the family unity that comes from family and extended family to support and “padrazgo” or co-parent children in the family (Pine & Drackman,

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