Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

MA in Psychology



First Advisor

Robin Wellington

Second Advisor

Dawn Flanagan


To many undocumented Latino immigrants, the United States of America is seen as the land of opportunity, a country that will be able to provide a better future for their family and their children, a place for the American dream. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has been proof of America being the land of opportunity. Recipients are given the opportunity to do more for themselves, to build a better future than they would’ve had in their countries. Despite the controversies about immigration policies this program continues to stand; with its recipients showing their resilience to be in a country that they now call home. This program has been extremely beneficial to its recipients, granting them opportunities they did not have prior to the program being implemented. However, due to liminal legality recipients are faced with many challenges, initially leading to the question does the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals provide stability for its recipient’s wellbeing? The following systematic review gives insight on previous studies conducted on Latino recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that focuses on the well-being of its recipients, their struggles, barriers, and resilience throughout the years of being on the program.

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