Immigrants’ Mental Health

We hear so much talk about immigration from President Trump and Congress. They are always talking about increasing deportations, a border wall to keep people out, the possibility of comprehensive immigration reform, etc. With all this back and forth, it is almost easy to forget the real lives are at stake in this debate – it is not just things for political to bargain over.

A recent report by Congress’ bipartisan Commission on Civil Rights warned the Trump administration that immigrants are at an increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression when they face the severe trauma caused by the incarceration of children and families, the separation of children from their parents, unsanitary conditions in detention facilities, and inhumane practices like solitary confinement.