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Six states have passes laws promoting a Seal of Biliteracy, awarded to high school graduates who can demonstrate that they can read and write in more than one language. On a recent Linea Abierta show, a teacher and a student discussed the importance of making sure children become biliterate.
In Arizona, undocumented immigrants who are arrested are held without bail, even when they need healthcare. One undocumented woman with breast cancer was preparing for a mastectomy, when she was arrested and accused of identity theft. Just days before her programmed surgery, Valeria Fernández interviewed her in jail.
A charter school in Texas is dedicated solely to teaching students who previously dropped out of school and helps them graduate. But the state is about to close the school because it says it doesn’t meet academic and financial standards set for all schools. Joy Díaz reports from Austin, Texas.
Children who speak Spanish at home could be left out of a bill in Arizona that proposes to create a pilot dual immersion program and allocates crucial funding.
Living in the Shadows: Children Who Witness Parent’s Immigration Arrest May Suffer Lifetime Health Consequences
Every day more than 1,000 immigrants on average are deported from the United States, and many of them are parents who were arrested and handcuffed in front of their children, before they were taken to a detention center to wait for their deportation. Over time, this means that hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of high level of trauma exposure.
Every month, between 6,000 and 7,000 people are deported who have families in the United States. Researchers who have examined the mental health problems connected to forced family separations find a daunting web of factors at play, including economic conditions, family relationships, trauma, and childhood upbringing. The consequences of separating parents from children can include causing or exacerbating mental health problems such as depressive or anxiety disorders.
A death in a detention center north of Los Angeles in 2012 is one of more than 130 other deaths since 2003 in the 250 detention centers for immigrants. The causes of death range from asphyxia to cardiopulmonary arrest and drowning. More than 400,000 people pass through the national network of detention centers every year, and the industry is on the rise.
In 2012, more that 58,000 refugees were resettled in the United States. “These are truly survivors of war or survivors of torture, so in that case we see a high frequency of post-traumatic stress disorder and that are difficult to treat and at times also difficult to recognize,” said Marco Gemignani, who teaches psychology at Duquesne University and works with refugees at Catholic Charities Health Clinic.
Juan Rodela had been imprisoned in the Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Georgia and was on his third lawyer when a change in his defense strategy resulted in his surprising liberation.
The global suicide rate per 100,000 people is 16. The U.S. rate for the general population is 12.4. A study done last year found the Bhutanese rate is higher — 20.3 among refugees resettled in the U.S. and 20.7 among those in the refugee camps in Nepal. While there were suicide deaths reported among other refugee groups during that time, the numbers are not as high.