New America media reports on the results of a study that shows the toll immigration enforcement takes on children.
According to the findings, children whose parents were detained for longer than a month experienced more changes in eating, sleeping, frequent crying, fear, anxiety, regression, clinginess, and aggressive behavior.
Sixty-eight percent of parents or caretakers questioned said they noticed at least three behavioral changes in the short-term, or three months after a parent was arrested. In the long-term, or nine months after an arrest, 56 percent of children ages 6 to 11 and 12 to 17 showed angry or aggressive behavior. The most typical changes were an increase or decrease in eating among all age groups.
Ajay Chaudry, co-author of the report and director of the Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, discussed the findings at a forum attended by immigration policy experts and advocates.
“About 32,000 individuals are in detention on any given day,”Chaudry said, “while 16,000 individuals are released with alternatives to detention. We think that ratio can be flipped.”