Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Family Immigration Detention Leads to Psychological Harm

Immigrants’ rights groups recently filed a complaint with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contending that detainment of immigrant women and children after they have fled their home countries causes considerable psychological damage to them.  They cite cases wherein psychologists have documented effects of such detainment in the form of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.  The American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Women’s Refuge Commission and the American Immigration Council filed the complaint with the DHS based on psychological observations of 10 children.  The detainment centers in Pennsylvania and south Texas serve over 6,300 women and children.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials assert that the conditions were pre-existing and were not caused by the detainment.  The immigrants experienced horrific conditions in their home country such as rape, ethnic persecution, gang violence and domestic abuse which understandably caused severe trauma to them.  Moreover, ICE states that regression behavior observed by a small number of children cannot substantiate an overall determination of causation.

According to ICE, the agency takes the health and welfare of undocumented immigrants seriously and the detainment centers maintain the family unity as they wait for immigration proceedings or for deportation.  The Texas facilities boast recreational and educational provisions such as soccer fields, gymnasiums, libraries and classrooms.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at the Law Firm of Surin & Griffin P.C. Protect the Rights of Immigrant Detainees

Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. are dedicated to helping people solve their immigration problems.  If you or your family is experiencing legal immigration issues or facing deportation and need legal help, we invite you to contact us at 215-925-4435 for a consultation.  Our experienced team of Philadelphia immigration lawyers will help you navigate through your legal problems and find a solution.  We have a multilingual staff and our offices are conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia.  You may also contact us via our online form.