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Children (Citizens and Non-Citizens Alike) Suffer When Parents Are Detained by Immigration

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An in-depth study has been released by the advocacy group National Council of La Raza claims that children, many of whom were born in the United States, suffer emotional trauma and receive uncertain care when their parents are detained in worksite enforcement operations conducted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The study goes on to assert that the trauma caused by the sudden separation from the mother and/or father is often long-lasting and can set the stage for future mental disorders. Click here to go to NCLR’s site containing the report. The video of NCLR and the Urban Institute’s panel discussion of the report can be viewed (at least for a while) at the CSPAN site.

ICE’s response to the report was hostile. ICE spokesman Tim Counts had this to say:

“This report takes the bizarre position that ICE is somehow responsible for family disruption caused by parents who make poor decisions ……Law enforcement agencies across the nation arrest people who have children every day. Everyone understands that parents are responsible for their actions and the resulting impact on their families.

Read the Associated Press article here. More written coverage here

A local television station in Palm Springs, CA also produced the following report: You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

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