Current U.S. Immigration Policy Separating Children from Their Parents

Current U.S. Immigration Policy Separating Children from Their Parents

Cascadia strongly condemns the separation of children from their parent as practiced currently by the INS at our southern border. As an organization that is acutely aware of the lifelong effects that trauma has on children as well as adults, this practice of involuntarily physically removing children will most definitely leave both the children and their parents with lifelong emotional wounds. This current traumatic practice will lead to profound negative effects, impacting their health — both mental and physical — for the remainder of the lives. We believe this practice is both inhumane, and emotionally damaging.

We fully support the following statement posted by the American Psychiatric Association:

“As physician experts in mental health, the American Psychiatric Association opposes any policy that separates children from their parents at the United States border. Children depend on their parents for safety and support. Any forced separation is highly stressful for children and can cause lifelong trauma, as well as an increased risk of other mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The evidence is clear that this level of trauma also results in serious medical and health consequences for these children and their caregivers. Many families crossing the United States border are fleeing war and violence in their home countries and are already coping with the effects of stress and trauma. These children deserve our protection and should remain with their families as they seek asylum. The APA recommends an immediate halt to the policy of separating children from their parents.”

We take this to heart. We know these are stressful times, and we support making voices heard to support our clients and our community.