HOUSTON (CBSNewYork) – A new study finds Millennial-age immigrants who came to the United States illegally as small children are now at the highest risk for suffering from psychological distress as young adults.
Researchers at Rice University looked at nearly 260 people of Mexican heritage between the ages of 18 to 25 who fall under the qualifications of the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, more commonly known as DREAMers.
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“DREAMers are often marginalized and discriminated against, and as a result they may become isolated,” said Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology at Rice. “They live in constant fear of deportation and experience a sense of voicelessness, invisibility and limited opportunities, due to their conflicting undocumented status.”
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