A Qualitative Study of Adult Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program: A Community Cultural Wealth and Life Course Perspective
AdvisorRomero, Andrea J.
MetadataShow full item record
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
RightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction, presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
EmbargoThesis not available (per author’s request)
AbstractThis study focuses on the experiences of adults who are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") Program. The rescission of the DACA Program announced in 2017, and subsequent legal battle to reinstate DACA (Duke, 2017; IEIYC & Arreola v. Duke, 2017), once again poses new untenable terrains for the many who received temporary reprieve by DACA but may return to being undocumented. Informed by the Life Course Theory (Elder & Rockwell, 1979) and Community Cultural Wealth Theory (Yosso, 2005), semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted in a sample of adult college students (age: M = 23) who are DACA recipients (n = 15) enrolled in colleges. The interviews revealed how DACA recipients have come to understand their undocumented status, their transition to the DACA reprieve, and how they are navigating the uncertainty of the program. This study identified forms of Community Cultural Wealth Theory (Yosso, 2005) accessed by DACA recipients through retrospective interviews. Community Cultural Wealth Theory (CCW), from educational research, is an array of knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources utilized by Communities of Color to survive and resist exclusionary practices in institutions not created with them in mind (Yosso, 2005). The findings of this study will contribute to the literature on immigration policy and to new empirical research exploring how DACA recipients have come to understand their undocumented status, DACA reprieve, and how they access community wealth in academic settings.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Family & Consumer Sciences