Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Social Work

First Advisor

Tess Lefmann

Second Advisor

Steven Soifer

Third Advisor

Matthew Hall

Relational Format



As immigration becomes a primary focus in legislation, social workers face the challenge of how to best serve their immigrant clients despite tough enforcement policies. Mass worksite raids have become a common tactic in the endeavor to limit undocumented immigration. However, there is much evidence showing that immigration raids can have a detrimental effect on individuals and communities. The purpose of this study was to compare the impacts of the most recent immigration raids in five cities throughout Mississippi in order to develop implications for social work practice. Interviews were conducted with key community organizers following the August raids. The results showed that the impact of the immigration raids on Mississippi communities were very similar to the research conducted in cities where similar raids took place. Using evidence from the interviews and past research, ten implications for social work practice were drawn. Further research should include a longitudinal design to fully understand how worksite raids can impact individuals and communities.

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