While increasing attention is paid to the legal issues around undocumented individuals in the U.S., there is little to no focus on the psychological experience of these individuals and the impact of their undocumented statuses on their mental health and well-being. Although the effects of immigration on psychological health have been well-researched, the more specific effects of being an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. on one’s mental health have only recently been explored. This article will use case studies of DREAMers to discuss this particular psychological subset.
- Identify the obstacles to higher education and other federally-funded resources that undocumented students face and the impact on their mental health.
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