Of Love and Papers (Paperback)
How Immigration Policy Affects Romance and Family
University of California Press, 9780520344358, 184pp.
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Of Love and Papers explores how immigration policies are fundamentally reshaping Latino families. Drawing on two waves of interviews with undocumented young adults, 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.
About the Author
Laura E. Enriquez is Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine.