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Adler Leader Says Ending DACA Has 'Enormous' Mental Health Impact 10.05.17
Adler Leader Says Ending DACA Has 'Enormous' Mental Health Impact

An Adlerian, psychologist and leader of a key Adler University institute recently discussed the crushing depression suffered by Dreamers whose U.S. future hangs in the balance.

NPR reporter Maureen McKinney interviewed Elena Quintana, Ph.D., and executive director for the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice about the emotional repercussions of President Donald Trump’s moves to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“The U.S. government won’t accept new DACA applications,” the NPR report says. “Two-year renewal applications for those whose DACA status expires before March 5 had to be received in the mail today, creating potential for added anxiety.”

In both print and radio NPR editions, Quintana calls losing DACA status an “enormous event” that has psychological, cultural and economic effects that spur significant stress hormones — they lead to physical ailments — for those who benefit from the program.

“It’s not just bad for one generation of people it’s bad for multiple generations of people,” she said.

Quintana’s insight echoes a recently published Stanford University Immigration Policy Lab study revealing that children’s mental health improves when their mothers are eligible for DACA.

The Trump administration has given Congress six months to act on the program, and time is ticking.

NPR reports that several bills are under consideration, including one co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin that aims to protect DACA holders for an additional three years if Congress cannot agree on a resolution.

Read the articles entitled,? "Illinois Issues: Worry About DACA's Fate Triggers Anxiety, Depression In Immigrants?", and listen to the full radio interview (embedded within each report) via NPR and Peoria Public Radio.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.