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- DescriptionThe Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1868, declares that all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. Citizen-children of mixed-status families grow up living almost-average American lives; however, The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that more than four-million citizen-children are forgotten in the discordant immigration debate, forcing these children to live under the constant threat of their family suddenly being deported, leaving parents to face the impossible decision: make their child an exile or an orphan. In Forgotten Citizens, Luis Zayas holds a mirror to a nation in crisis, providing invaluable perspectives for practitioners, decision makers, and those brave eugh to look. Zayas draws on his as extensive work as a psychological evaluator to present the most complete picture yet of the mental health and lasting trauma experienced by US citizen-children who are threatened with their fate. In an early chapter we meet Virginia, a kindergartener so terrified of revealing her family's status that she took her father's warning don't say anything so literally she hadn't spoken in school in over a year. Children like Virginia have been silenced and their stories largely overlooked in the broader debates about immigration policy - as this book demonstrates, we can longer afford to igre them.
- Author BiographyLuis Zayas, PhD, is Dean and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy at the UT-Austin School of Social Work. Zayas is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, and maintains a private practice focusing on the evaluation of citizen-children in deportation cases.
- Author(s)Luis Zayas
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication21/05/2015
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Weight550 g
- Width162 mm
- Height237 mm
- Spine20 mm
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