Health Effects of Local Immigration Enforcement on Mexican Immigrants in the US
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We use the restricted-use National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data (1998-2013) and link county-level 287(g) policy variables to study the effect of local immigration enforcement on the health and mental health outcomes of Mexican immigrants. The analytic sample is restricted to families where at least one parent is noncitizen and born in Mexico. We separately analyze the health of adults aged 18-59 and children. There is no scientific research on how immigration policy environment affects immigrant health, in general, and how state- and local-activism on immigration enforcement has influenced the health behaviors, health and mental health of immigrant families. Discussions on state- and local activism on immigration are carried out with the assumption that these policies only affect the undocumented and not their family members, who are, in a vast majority, US citizens or legal residents. Our proposed research bridges this critical knowledge gap.