Wednesday, November 13, 2019
KCRW Radio in Los Angeles highlights the mental stresses of migration in multiple settings.
First, the radio program interviews a psychologist about the stresses of uncertainty about the future. This form of stress is remiscent of what Roberto Gonzalez in his study of DACA calls "Lives in Limbo" or what Cecilia Menjivar in her study of TPS calls "liminal legality." (In a forthcoming book, Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era, Stanford Press, I describe a similar state of "citizenship insecurity" for DACA recipients and international students.) Whatever it is named, this mental stress can be recognized in the current plight of DACA recipients who experience uncertainty acutely as the Supreme Court reviews the rescission of DACA. As the radio program says, "When your future is undetermined, that instability can lead to stress, depression, anxiety, and sometimes long-lasting trauma. That can be a daily struggle for many LA-based immigrants who qualify for DACA."
The radio program also note that a federal judge recently ruled that the U.S. must provide mental health services to families separated at the border.