Fear of deportations and school abuse has led to psychological crisis among immigrants from California

LOS ANGELES.- The California-Mexico Studies Center (CMSC) started on Monday a campaign to inform and educate to the population about the psychological crisis Which affects undocumented immigrants, well "People are terrified", the CMSC psychologist and director told Efe Armando Vázquez Ramos.

Analyzes performed by CMSC in 2019 show that “there are children who are leaving school“, Not only because the parents are afraid for the risk of deportation, but also because “there are fear of being mistreated“, Said Vázquez Ramos.

For the activist, who has been studying the emotional needs of so-called "dreamers" for years, it is not just a local call; it is also a broad call to state legislators and at federal government to be offered mental health programs to undocumented people.

This situation may affect the quality of education in general, as school districts they lose financial resources by decreasing attendance and the number of their students, Vázquez Ramos noted.

"I'm sure this year is going to be worse and much harder than we anticipated.", said the director of the CMSC.

“People are terrified; is a 'State terrorism' and it is very worrying that the community is so quiet, ”added the university professor and master in Psychology.

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Vázquez Ramos meets Monday with Christopher Steinhauser, superintendent of the Educational School District of Long beachsouth of The Angels, to propose a pilot program for public schools.

"Schools have to be given responsibility not only to care for children, but to provide attention to parents," said Vázquez Ramos, who has led a national campaign to restore the permit known as "Advanced Parole".

This permit authorizing undocumented youth beneficiaries of Deferred Action (DACA) to leave the country for humanitarian or academic reasons and return to the country legally, it was without effect in 2017, when the president Donald Trump announced the end of DACA.

One in 13 people in California is undocumented. Likewise, 750,000 public school students in grades preschool through 12 have at least one parent who is undocumented, according to an analysis of the non-profit organization Ed Trust-West.

A report of the Berkeley University calculated that in California reside near 2.2 million undocumented immigrants. EFE News


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