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Asad Asad's research on Latino citizens published on The Conversation

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Why Latino citizens are worrying more about deportation

“You can’t deport a U.S. citizen,” said a friend recently. My friend is correct on the law. But that doesn’t stop millions of U.S. citizens from fearing deportation anyway.

In a study published on April 6, I found Latino U.S. citizens’ deportation fears to be on the rise. Whereas 41% worried about deportation in 2007, 48% did in 2018. This amounts to about 13.6 million Latino U.S. citizens fearing deportation. My research, and that of several other scholars, outlines several reasons why Latino U.S. citizens might increasingly fear a form of punishment thought to be reserved for people who lack citizenship.

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