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Statement on Trump's Policy of Separating Children from Their Families

Learning Rights is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit legal services organization whose core mission is ensuring that all students are provided with equitable access to the public education system.  We serve low-income families, regardless of their immigration status, all over Southern California. We are enraged by the current Trump Administration’s policy of separating undocumented families. This deplorable policy has torn apart over 2,000 children from their parents. Such a policy is antithetical to Learning Rights’ vision of a world in which every child, whether born in California, immigrant or undocumented, has the opportunity to learn while in the United States. Providing an education to immigrant and undocumented children is not only the humane thing to do, but it aligns with United States Supreme Court precedent.[1]

We urge the Trump Administration to end the cruel separation of families. No parent and child should ever be separated from each other. At the hands of the Trump Administration, families at the border are suffering and being traumatized. Nearly 90% of detained youth have been diagnosed with mental health needs,[2] even more so have reported at least one traumatic experience.[3] Trauma can trigger lasting effects, as proven by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. According to the CDC, traumatized children are more susceptible to depression, poor academic achievement, and a host of other negative health and well-being outcomes.[4] The long-term emotional effects of separating families will be felt by innocent children, their families and, eventually, all Americans.  


While the Trump Administration treats these children as second class citizens, many may qualify for status in the United States through family asylum claims, existing family relations, etc. Americans will then be tasked with rectifying the Trump Administration’s cruelty.

 

In addition to inflicting trauma on innocent youth and their families, there may also be conflicts with federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, that protect children with disabilities once in the United States. In their rush to enforce a “zero tolerance” immigration policy, the Trump Administration might well be violating some of our country’s basic due process protections for children.

 

Learning Rights urges the Trump Administration to stop separating children from their families. In the meantime, Learning Rights looks forward to working with any child or family, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, who seeks access to an education. Please call us at (213) 489-4030 if you or someone you know needs assistance.

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. John Moore—Getty Images

[1] See Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982).

[2] See Pam Stenhjem, “Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: Prevention and Intervention Strategies” (2005), available at http://www.ncset.org/publications/printresource.asp?id=1929.

[3]Development Services Group, Inc. 2017. “Intersection Between Mental Health and the Juvenile Justice

System.” Literature review. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

https://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/litreviews/Intersection-Mental-Health-Juvenile-Justice.pdf.

[4] For more information, see: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about.html.

Declaración Sobre la Política de Trump de Separar a los Niños de sus Familias

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. John Moore—Getty Images

Mientras que la Administración Trump trata a estos niños como ciudadanos de segunda clase, muchos quizás calificaran para estatus en los Estados Unidos a través de solicitudes de asilo familiares, relaciones familiares existentes, etc. Entonces los estadounidenses tendrán la tarea de rectificar la crueldad de la Administración Trump.

 

Además de traumatizar a los jóvenes inocentes y sus familias, también puede haber conflictos con las leyes federales, como la Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), la Americans with Disabilities Act y Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, que protegen a los niños con discapacidades una vez en los Estados Unidos. En su prisa por imponer una política de inmigración de "tolerancia cero", la Administración Trump podría estar violando algunas de las protecciones básicas de debido proceso para los niños dentro del país.

 

Learning Rights urge a la Administración Trump que dejen de separar a los niños de sus familias. Mientras tanto, Learning Rights espera trabajar con cualquier niño o familia, independientemente de su ciudadanía o estado migratorio, que busque acceso a una educación. Llámenos al (213) 489-4030 si usted o alguien que usted conoce necesitan ayuda.

Learning Rights es una organización de servicios legales sin fines de lucro con sede en Los Ángeles cuya misión principal es garantizar que todos los estudiantes tengan acceso equitativo al sistema de educación pública. Servimos a familias de bajos ingresos, independientemente de su estado migratorio, en todo el sur de California. Estamos enfurecidos por la política de la Administración Trump que está separando familias indocumentadas. Esta política deplorable ha separado a más de 2.000 niños de sus padres. Tal política es antitética a la visión de Learning Rights que imagina un mundo en el que cada niño, ya sea nacido en California, inmigrante o indocumentado, tiene la oportunidad de aprender mientras está en los Estados Unidos. Proporcionar una educación a los niños inmigrantes e indocumentados no es solo lo humano que se debe hacer, sino se alinea con el precedente de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos.[1]

Demandamos que la Administración Trump ponga fin a la cruel separación de familias. Ningún padre debería estar separado de sus niños. A manos de la Administración Trump, las familias en la frontera están sufriendo y quedando traumatizadas. Cerca del 90% de los jóvenes detenidos han sido diagnosticados con necesidades de salud mental,[1] y aún más han reportado al menos una experiencia traumática.[2] El trauma puede desencadenar efectos duraderos, como lo demuestra el estudio del Center for Disease Control  (CDC) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). De acuerdo con el CDC, los niños traumatizados son más susceptibles a la depresión, al bajo rendimiento académico y a una serie de otros resultados negativos de salud y bienestar.[3] Los niños inocentes, sus familias y, eventualmente, todos los estadounidenses sentirán los efectos emocionales a largo plazo de la separación de familias.


[1] See Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982).

[2] See Pam Stenhjem, “Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: Prevention and Intervention Strategies” (2005), available at http://www.ncset.org/publications/printresource.asp?id=1929.

[3]Development Services Group, Inc. 2017. “Intersection Between Mental Health and the Juvenile Justice

System.” Literature review. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

https://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/litreviews/Intersection-Mental-Health-Juvenile-Justice.pdf.

[4] For more information, see: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about.html.

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