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Oswaldo Moreno


Anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies have continued to adversely impact Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protection Status (TPS) beneficiaries (Arevalo et al., 2015; Cleary, 2017; Li, 2015; Sangalang et al., 2018). There have been numerous attempts to revoke DACA, TPS, and other policies that temporarily protect immigrant families. Although the number of resilience literature has grown, more strength-based approaches are still needed. Additionally, given that familismo (familism) and collectivism are key cultural values for Latine families (Campos et al., 2019; Corona et al., 2017), it is imperative to explore family and community resilience among Latine immigrants to gain better understanding of critical processes that families and communities engage in that promotes resilience. This qualitative study sheds light on key factors contributing to family and community resilience during the Trump administration. Four themes emerged regarding how DACA and TPS participants conceptualized how their families and communities demonstrated resilience during high anti-immigrant times. Participants described emotional support from family and family agency as critical to family resilience. Furthermore, participants also expressed community resistance and support, contributing to community resilience during high anti-immigrant times. Results from this study provide implications for practice and supporting resistance.


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