- Parental Legal Status and the Political Engagement of Second-Generation Mexican Americans
- RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences
- Russell Sage Foundation
- Volume 3, Number 4, July 2017
- pp. 136-147
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This paper invokes a theoretical model of immigrant membership exclusion to assess the political integration of second- generation Mexican Americans. Specifically, we examine the extent to which the migration status of parents, especially mothers, is associated with the political engagement, community engagement, and voting registration of their adult offspring. In each type of engagement, respondents whose mothers have remained unauthorized show lower overall levels of political incorporation. The effect is indirect in that it is mediated by the respondents' educational level, in keeping with prior research showing that persistent unauthorized status by mothers reduces the years of schooling of children. This study thus contributes to the literature finding that the unauthorized status of parents has repercussions for the overall integration of their offspring.