In the past 10 years, more than 100,000 US children---all of them full-fledged citizens---have suffered the destabilizing effects of losing one or both parents to deportation. According to the American Psychological Association, children who lose a caretaker face notably heightened risk of psychological distress, developmental delay and poor physical health.
At the center of the national debate over immigration policy are conflicting opinions about what is best for our national economic interests, but perhaps more interestingly, differences of opinion over our social and ethical obligations. President Obama waded into this debate with his Thursday speech, following a week of meetings with key stakeholders, on comprehensive immigration reform.
We will be streaming this event live over at The Torture Papers, starting at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern.
The New York State Senate is expected to vote imminently on whether or not to pass a groundbreaking anti-torture bill, known as the Duane-Gottfried bill, which would prohibit health professional participation in torture.
New York State residents should call their state Senators TODAY to urge them to vote for Senate Bill 4495.