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Challenges confronted by undocumented Latinx children and their families in the U.S.

Purpose: The purpose of this literature review is to examine the challenges undocumented Latinx children and their families face in the United States. Although there is a lack of recent research demonstrating the needs of this growing population, previous research shows undocumented children and their families experience unique challenges in comparison to their documented counterparts. This literature will look at some of the most common challenges affecting undocumented families such as constant fear of deportation, health effects, and healthcare access, lower education attainment, housing insecurity and some changes in policy. Methods: Methods used to find articles for this literature review were the California State University, Northridge library search engine, Google scholars, as well as other online sources. Results: Results showed that undocumented Latinx children and their families account for a large percentage of the population in the United States. Their undocumented status makes them a vulnerable population facing major barriers as they navigate their way through the United States. Due to these barriers, many families do not have access to the services they need. There is a need for more research that explores the complexities of the lives of undocumented families as well as the resources available to help them overcome these challenges.

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