First Advisor

Marcus Sharpe

Date of Award

Summer 6-16-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors






Deportation, Latinx, Health-risks, Undocumented, Relationships, Immigration


Anti-immigration policy and deportation practices create multifaceted implications for Latinx communities in the United States. A comprehensive literature review drawing from public health and immigration studies was used to examine the direct and indirect implications of separation of families due to deportation. This thesis synthesizes existing research to illuminate the health threats pertaining to Latinx wellbeing in the context of being undocumented and fearing being separated from their family. Addressing the dimensions of deportation-related health risks, policy makers, health care professionals, and community organizations can work towards promoting Latinx health and well-being in the U.S. to mitigate the health consequences of deportation. The following review of literature has three main focuses: to introduce why latinx immigrants fear deportation and the effects fear has on accessing resources, providing evidence of deportation's impacts on physical and mental health, and finally how deportation alters family dynamics and relationships. Gaining a deeper understanding of deportation and its ramifications is crucial for fostering a more informed, compassionate society that can advocate for the health and well-being of all individuals.