Mexican parent's undocumented status and the educational attainment of the children left behind

Pat Rubio Goldsmith, Nadia Y. Flores-Yeffal, Juan Salinas, Bruce Reese, Cristina Elizabeth Cruz

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Abstract

Research shows that having undocumented parents lowers the educational attainment of children that grew up in the United States, but we know less about how it affects the education of children left behind in their origin countries. We use fixed effects models and data from the Mexican Migration Project to examine this relationship. We find that having both parents documented increases the educational attainment of children left behind by over two years in comparison to similar children with mixed-status, undocumented, and nonimmigrant parents. The effect is especially robust for boys that migrate as teenagers. These findings reveal that US immigration laws that define most Mexican immigrants as undocumented have had a devastating effect on the education of Mexican children left behind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-206
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Science Research
Volume72
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2018

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