Pediatricians Fear Public Health Crisis as Children Face Separation From Immigrant Parents

Pediatricians Fear Public Health Crisis as Children Face Separation From Immigrant Parents

Even as the Trump administration continues the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, policy analysts and pediatricians are claiming that the administration’s hostile and aggressive stance on immigration is creating a public health crisis for children. Pediatricians across the country claim that they are seeing a huge increase in children with eating disorders, sleeping disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression. If these conditions continue, these children may be more likely to experience obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, severe depression, and anxiety as adults. The consequences of these children’s current health conditions could be life-long, in terms of both their physical and mental health. Since nearly six million U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 live with at least one undocumented parent or family member, this situation has the potential affect millions of children nationwide. Since 2016, doctors and other service providers also have documented a growing trend of toxic stress among these children. Toxic stress occurs when a child is exposed to a prolonged period of serious stress. The condition can harm a child’s developing brain and affect his or her health in a generally negative manner. Unfortunately, experts project that these trends in children’s health are likely to continue. The Trump administration continues to use hostile, anti-immigrant rhetoric to support its deportation of undocumented immigrants who have no criminal convictions and those who were brought to the U.S. as children. Incidents involving parents being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while dropping off and picking up children at school have further fed into children’s fear. It is widely expected that ICE will begin taking steps to separate immigrants from their children, which will only exacerbate what is already a serious physical and mental health crisis for children. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients in the state of California who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. We keep abreast of any new legal developments that can help our clients in any way. We will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you settle upon the option that is best calculated to allow you and your family to live where you choose. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today and learn how we can help.
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