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A Spanish translation of this publication is available to download under "Additional Files" below.

Undocumented college students face several barriers that may place them at high risk of poor mental health. Despite growing up and receiving primary and secondary (K-12) education in the U.S., many undocumented young adults cannot legally work, vote or drive in most states. Their illegal status interferes with their ability to accumulate relevant/ practical work experience leading to the inability to develop the necessary job skills before graduating high school, which can limit their employment opportunities.

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Education and Training, Multicultural


undocumented immigrants, undocumented college students, mental health needs, 1.5 generation, Spanish

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Rosalie A. Torres Stone and Nathanael Aragon Cooper