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Three Year Olds Defending Themselves in Immigration Court: Absurd Joke or Sad Reality?

By Jodi A. Quas, PhD (Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine) Recently , an amazing statement was made by a high-level federal immigration judge who not only oversees hundreds of immigration hearings each year, but is also responsible for training other immigration judges. The statement was made during a deposition hearing regarding… Read More ›

It’s Time to Rethink Our Detention Policies for Immigrant Families

By Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP (Past-President, American Psychological Association – 2011) When you think of the psychological harm that incarceration can cause, what is the first picture that comes to mind? Did you think about an 11-year-old boy who began to wet his bed after being held in a detention facility with his… Read More ›

Congressman John Lewis

Speak Up and Speak Out: Why Psychologists Should Take Up John Lewis’ Call for Immigration Reform

By Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP (2011 Past-President of the American Psychological Association) “You must speak up, you must speak out, you must get in the way.” These were the impassioned words spoken by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) after receiving a Presidential Citation from APA President Nadine Kaslow, PhD, urging psychologists to become involved in… Read More ›

Young undocumented woman

Growing Up in the Shadows: How Unauthorized Status Puts Immigrant Youth at Risk

By Carola Suárez-Orozco, PhD (Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA, Chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration) What are the implications of growing up in the shadows of our society? Over a million young people in United States live in limbo status, without formal documentation. Many were brought here as young… Read More ›

Myth or Fact

Perception vs. Reality: How Psychology Debunks Myths about Immigrants in America

By Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP (2011 Past-President of the American Psychological Association) Stop me if you’ve heard these statements before. “Immigrants take away jobs from American citizens.” “Immigrants come over to live off our social services.” “They refuse to learn English.” Not only are these statements oftentimes false, they create unnecessary confusion about and… Read More ›

Good Immigration Reform Means Keeping Families Together

By Benjamin Vonachen (Senior Legislative Assistant, PI Government Relations Office) Can evidence-based psychological science be a persuasive voice in immigration reform?  The already passionate immigration debate before the U.S. Senate struck an emotional tone when Senator Al Franken (D-MN) took to the floor to address the issue of children/parent separations caused by immigration proceedings. “Over… Read More ›

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