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ICE: A Child's Perspective

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ICE
My experience with
Name:
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids are occurring at previously "safe" areas, including medical facilities such as health centers, ambulances, and hospitals. Surgical patients, disabled individuals, and the parents of seriously ill children have been reportedly taken into custody as they sought medical attention for themselves or their children.
Circle how you're feeling.
Mateo
Age:
   10
Grade:
   4
A note from the Society of Behavioral Medicine
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What happened to your parents?
      I don't know.
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Where did you last see them?
     At the hospital.
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When did you last see them?
    2   3 months ago.
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This is detrimental
to physical and mental health!!! -SBM
Do you feel sick? How do you feel sick?
        Yes. I have a stomach ache. I feel tired.
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          And my head hurts a lot.
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Children are negatively impacted by parental internments. Children who witness the detention, or fear the detention, of their loved ones, are found to suffer from from short- and long-term physical and psychological distress including:
stomachaches
headaches
anxiety
anorexia
depression
suicidality
school absenteeism and
poor academic
achievement
mental and physical health problems in adulthood
Forced Separations Cause  Lasting Distress
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Fearing ICE raids at medical facilities, immigrants at all stages of the relocation process appear to be delaying or avoiding medical care. This puts the immigrants themselves and their communities at risk for health problems including:
Immigrants Delay or Avoid Medical Care for Fear of Raids at Medical Facilities
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Are you worried about your parents?
    Yes. My mom was sick when they took her.
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  She is afraid to go to the doctor, but my
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         dad made her go. I'm very worried.
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What would make you feel better?
    I want to see my mom and dad again.
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 I want my mom to be okay.
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What Must Be Done
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Restrict ICE from engaging with immigrants in or around health care settings, including:
acute and chronic illnesses
adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes
untreated mental illness
lower rates of immunizations
premature death
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For More Information
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For more information on this issue, follow the links below.
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hospitals
clinics
ambulances
pharmacies
mental health and addiction treatment
rehab facilities
Read the brief.
Visit sbm.org
@BehavioralMed
http://bit.ly/protectimmigranthealth
@SocietyOf
BehavioralMedicine