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Daniela Belice


I interviewed immigrants who work as caregivers in the health field, mostly as Certified Nurses Aids (CNAs), Personal Care Assistants (PCAs), and Home Health Aids (HHAs). Immigrants, especially those from the Caribbean, are heavily employed in the low-skilled but high-demand caregiving fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 2.1 million immigrant healthcare workers in 2015, and 24 percent are employed as lowskilled direct care workers (Altorjai et Al. 2017). The number of immigrant workers continue to increase. I wanted to learn about their experiences because while our health system depends heavily on them, current political rhetoric about, and administrative action toward, immigrants is making their lives more insecure.

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Daniela Belice graduated in May 2018 with majors in Sociology and Political science and minors in Spanish and Civic Education. Her research was completed in the summer of 2017 under the mentorship of Dr. Norma Anderson from the Sociology Department: it is part of her honors thesis. Her research was funded by an Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work summer grant. Daniela presented this paper at the National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) at Harvard University and the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL. She has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship and plans to pursue her Masters in Canada.

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