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Book Talk Series:

Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America

September – October 2020

Select Mondays, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours in advance

The Book Talk Series: Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America is part of the project: The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility. This project has been underway through the American Bar Foundation and now will have a campus home at UCI Law. The project focuses on how law and policy can shape the incorporation of Latinx people across the nation through four key drivers of opportunity and mobility: immigration, education, economic participation, and political participation and civic engagement. As part of this project, UCI Law is hosting book talks for scholars committed to addressing issues affecting the Latinx community to present their recent scholarship. This series will push attendees to think about the realities––past and present––of Latinx people in the U.S. and how the future may look different, including better access to justice, resources, and opportunities. UCI Law is thrilled to spotlight these scholars and to provide an opportunity to learn from and host a dialogue on this important work!


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Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America: Professor Laura Enriquez on Of Love and Papers: How Immigration Policy Affects Romance and Family

Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America: Professor Laura Enriquez on Of Love and Papers: How Immigration Policy Affects Romance and Family

 Monday, October 12 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

 Virtual Event

Of Love and Papers explores how immigration policies are fundamentally reshaping Latino families. Drawing on two waves of interviews with undocumented young adults, Dr. Laura Enriquez investigates how immigration status creeps into the most personal aspects of everyday life, intersecting with gender to constrain family formation. The imprint of illegality remains, even upon obtaining DACA or permanent residency.

Interweaving the perspectives of US citizen romantic partners and children, Enriquez illustrates the multigenerational punishment that limits the upward mobility of Latino families. Of Love and Papers sparks an intimate understanding of contemporary US immigration policies and their enduring consequences for immigrant families.

“By highlighting the ways U.S. immigration policies shape the experiences of romantic love, intimacy and family formation, Enriquez’s meticulous research calls attention to the enduring injurious effects on undocumented and DACAmented young adults, and on their citizen spouses and children.  An innovative and sobering account of the far-reaching consequences of our punishing immigration policies. Timely and compelling.”—Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Florence Everline Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California

Laura Enriquez is Associate Professor in the Chicano/Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Irvine. She has researched, presented, and published on a range of issues related to the educational, economic, political, and social experiences of undocumented young adults who immigrated to the United States as children. Putting her research into practice, she works directly with colleges and community organizations to help them better serve undocumented immigrants. Dr. Enriquez is faculty-in-residence at the UCI Dream Center, faculty chair of UCI’s Committee for Equity and Inclusion of Undocumented Students and serves as the faculty advisor for UCI’s Marco A. Firebaugh House, an on-campus housing community for undocumented students and allies.



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