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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.9 No.2 pp.91-102

Life as a DACA Recipient: A Case Study Approach

Shama Panjwani1
1Mercer University, Atlanta
Corresponding Author
3001 Mercer University Dr, Atlanta, GA 30341


Migrating to the United States as a child, growing up as an undocumented immigrant, and transitioning into adulthood can affect one’s mental health. Although there are numerous discussions and proposals related to reform immigration, the Dream Act continues to be dismissed by Congress. Following is a qualitative case study that utilizes a semi-structured interview method with one South Asian participant. The case study will describe the experiences of a South Asian dreamer and how becoming a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipient has changed her life in a positive as well as in a stressful manner. The study will explore various themes related to mental health and wellbeing including: fears, biopsychosocial impact, personal identity, and resilience that were found as a result of using a semi-structured interview with one DACA recipient. The author will also highlight how the implications of advocacy can play a role in improving the mental health of individuals in this population.