Collections > UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Honors Theses Collection > An Analysis of the Religious Rights and Freedoms Afforded to Undocumented Immigrants in the United States
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The purpose of this study is to explore these views, realities, dichotomies, and complexities through a geographical and legal lens. Broadly speaking, my research begins at an intersection of religion and immigration. In narrowing the focus, the aim of the research is to determine what, if any, religious rights and freedoms are enjoyed by undocumented immigrants after their arrival in the United States. As an extension, my study explores how the citizenship and identity of an immigrant as undocumented affects his/her expressions of religiosity. The study will focus on more traditional methods of practicing or expressing religion (worship service attendance, reception of counsel from religious leaders, etc.) and how undocumented immigrants are able to utilize those traditional methods in the United States. Tangentially, the ability of undocumented immigrants to banally express religious beliefs or habits may be indicative of the overall perceptions that United States society holds about immigrants. The study will subsequently explore the relationship between the religious rights and freedoms of American citizens and undocumented immigrants. Lastly, this study also aims to learn about the notions Americans have regarding undocumented immigrants as people with complex identities, particularly notions about immigrants as religious persons.