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Undocumented youth in California face challenges to mental health care, survey finds




Ashley Amador (L) ., Daysis Moraga and Federico Paseiro join together in front of the office of Sen. Maro Rubio (R-FL) to keep pressure on him and the others working on immigration reform on June 13, 2013 in Doral, Florida. The group of protesters included DREAMer moms (mothers of undocumented immigrant youth).
Ashley Amador (L) ., Daysis Moraga and Federico Paseiro join together in front of the office of Sen. Maro Rubio (R-FL) to keep pressure on him and the others working on immigration reform on June 13, 2013 in Doral, Florida. The group of protesters included DREAMer moms (mothers of undocumented immigrant youth).
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The impass on immigration policy is having a negative effect on the mental health of young, undocumented people in California, according to a new UCLA report.

The survey includes about 550 youth from across California and was put out by the Dream Resource Center, a project of UCLA's Labor Center. The group is a research and advocacy group that seeks to promote opportunities for immigrant and undocumented youth.

A Martinez speaks with Alma Leyva, research coordinator at The Dream Resource Center and one of the lead researchers of the survey. She is, herself, undocumented. 

To view the full report: undocumentedanduninsured.org