Im­mi­grant fam­i­lies at risk in U.S.

Hartford Courant (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I am al­ways amazed by the re­silience of the hu­man spirit, but for un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grant fam­i­lies, this re­silience is be­ing sorely tested.

As a psy­chother­a­pist, I’m gravely dis­turbed by the poli­cies the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has put in place re­lated to the treat­ment of im­mi­grant chil­dren and fam­i­lies. The re­cent tear gassing of mi­grant chil­dren, their moth­ers and adults is a hor­ror. My heart hurts.

If you wanted to cre­ate poli­cies that would harm im­mi­grant fam­i­lies with the po­ten­tial for se­ri­ous men­tal health and emo­tional dam­age, th­ese are the poli­cies that are in place. “Keep fam­i­lies to­gether” is not just a nice phrase, a sweet idea, but es­sen­tial for the emo­tional well-be­ing of a fam­ily, a healthy com­mu­nity and a healthy so­ci­ety.

The psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age to a fam­ily that is sep­a­rated by de­ten­tion, de­por­ta­tion and even sanc­tu­ary is se­ri­ous dam­age. The threat of fam­ily sep­a­ra­tion risks fam­i­lies’ emo­tional well-be­ing.

I urge Con­necti­cut’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion to change the cur­rent poli­cies on de­ten­tion, de­por­ta­tion and the sep­a­ra­tion of chil­dren from fam­i­lies, close the fam­ily de­ten­tion cen­ters, en­able chil­dren who have en­tered into the United States to be quickly re­united with their fam­i­lies and op­pose the pro­posed pub­lic charge rule.

Karen Dworski, Farm­ing­ton

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