First Advisor

Brenda Glascott

Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and University Honors


Political Science




Women immigrants -- Mental health -- United States -- Interviews, Women immigrants -- United States -- Economic conditions, Mexicans -- United States, Detention of persons, Deportation




Mexican undocumented women are essential in migrating in many households; they are often at the center of sustaining immigrant networks (Caroline B. Brettell 2015). The purpose of this study is to document, analyze, and report on the sociopolitical climate concerning the federal immigration detention and deportation pursued by the Trump regime and its effect on the mental health and financial well-being of undocumented migrant mothers working in Oregon. Throughout the interviewed data analysis process, the study examines the critical role women play in building community and navigating through multiple state social services and programs as a means of self-empowerment. This thesis argues there were increased levels of exploitation, economic and racial discrimination, and dispossession of undocumented Mexican women during this period.


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