National survey highlights detrimental impact of current broken immigration laws on millions of U.S.-born children. A California Supplement offers insight into how fear of deportation impacts millions.
Los Angeles – The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) praised a report issued by Human Impact Partners entitled “Family Unity, Family Health: How Family-Focused Immigration Reform Will Mean Better Health for Children and Families,” (FUFH) which details how the well-being and safety of children whose parents are undocumented is fraught with fear, anxiety, and other harms. CHIRLA was a core research partner and Advisory Committee member for the FUFH. California Supplement explores the devastating effect the fear of deportation has on mixed status families, especially on US-born children. The following are statements from:
Angelica Salas, Executive Director for CHIRLA.
“The voice of more than 4.5 million US-born children who live in families where one or more of their parents is undocumented has finally been captured by this much needed survey. The findings in the FUFH survey will certainly tug at the heart and should press Congress to move immigration reform legislation without delay.
Not only will our children’s health be poorer if the threat of deportations continues unabated, schools will experience more children with behavioral problems, graduation rates and other educational outcomes will suffer, overall health and life span of adults in a mixed status family will decrease, poverty will increase, and we can expect more children with diminished access to food.
This reality should make every American recoil in disgust because the solution for many of the conditions highlighted in the report is achievable through a bipartisan approach to immigration reform with a path to citizenship. The question is, what is Congress waiting to act?”