Immigration: Scores in throes of crisis & pine for redressal of woes
Carrying forward its agenda of the World Morale Day” On September every year to promote human values, The WHD organized a webinar to highlight growing light of asylum seekers and dangers fraught migration.
Four women leaders, sharing their ideas and thoughts in building bridges of hope to support and give a strong voice to the voiceless and to bridge happiness to families especially in the immigration sector embarked on their discussions on immigration issues with a famous quote that the opposite of love is not hated but indifference.
A live wire moderator Dr. Anandhi Narasimhan who articulated the world wide concerns about the asylum seekers recalled a famous Mexican philosopher’s crisp advice to the indifferent societies –Recognize Yourself in He or She who is like You or Me”.
She is also an asylum evaluator for Physicians for Human Rights and involved in research looking into using digital therapeutics and artificial intelligence to improve early detection and interventions. She advocated the need for international efforts to address woes of immigrants. The seminar theme was “The Effect of Immigration -Policies of Children”.
With this couple of soul searching quotes, they dissected upon the issue and strongly batted for a view that the international community must exert pressure on the United States to review its immigration policies via a prism of humanity and concerns as the world’s most wealthy state.
They aired their concerns over the growing woes of migrants who are subjected to all sorts of hardships at borders because of strict immigration regimes implementation with zero tolerance. Their plight is compounded in their own cities where crime, rape, looting violence, bombarding and all sorts of night marsh happenings are the order of the day.
Amy Cohen said the increase in migration of children to borders is the consequence of terrible circumstances in their home countries: circumstances which must be addressed in those countries of origin.
But until they are, can we not agree that children running for their lives deserve our care and a chance to heal and grow? That policies which seek to harm these children – that are entirely contrary to all that we know about what is in their best interest – are simply not who we are or should be?
That these policies demean us all and reduce our standing in the world? Surely as doctors and legislators, as human beings, we must be able to come together on this.
Amy Cohen, a child and family psychiatrist who has devoted most of my career to addressing the psychological needs of vulnerable and traumatized children. Over the past year, I have mostly worked with newly migrated children and families at the border, with parents separated from their children at Port Isabel, and as a mental health and, sometimes, medical consultant to Flores Settlement Agreement counsel.
In her last capacity, she has visited Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities, interviewed many children, poured over thousands of pages of records, and worked with the Special Master tasked by the Flores court judge to have independent oversight of children in custody. She had got a rare look inside an otherwise very opaque system of detention which now holds about 14,000 migrant children.
The WHD is pursuing the idea of “The World Moral Day” every year on September 2 under the auspices of the United Nations and the seminar was the part of its ongoing crusade to further human values.
As repeated bids are being made to realize the Moral Daydream, the webinar was held today to further the concept and seek the support of the world community for the day, aimed at redeeming resolve for moral values practices even in the most trying circumstances.
The day is proposed to be observed every year on September 2 as the World War Second had ended that day.
The Moral Day movement is being spearheaded by Dr. Abdul Basit Syed, who is the Founder & Chairman of World Humanitarian Drive (WHD). Speaking at the seminar, He regretted the current people and the societies were being judged on the basis of sex, color, race, ethnicity instead of the virtues of humanity, and this attitude has to be changed if everlasting peace and humanity is to be established on the planet earth.
He said bridges must be built with love as our pledges, and everyone must stand up to give a strong voice to voiceless.
He said constants and unified efforts will certainly pave way for creation of a moral ecosystem, and values will be inculcated among the global community which has tasted the stark reality of the fragility of human existence during the pandemic coronavirus.
The immigration issue has come into a focus because of growing atrocities on the borders and ill-intentioned policies ad protocols to deal with asylum seekers
Informatively.Today, more people than ever live in a country other than the one in which they were born. In 2019, the number of migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million, 51 million more than in 2010.
International migrants comprise 3.5 percent of the global population. Compared to 2.8 percent in 2000 and 2.3 percent in 1980, the proportion of international migrants in the world population has also risen.
While many individuals migrate out of choice, many others migrate out of necessity. The number of globally forcibly displaced people topped 70 million for the first time in UNHCR’s almost 70 year history at the end of 2018. This number includes almost 26 million refugees, 3.5 million asylum seekers, and over 41 million internally displaced persons.
Experts aired their reservations on the US government’s policies and said the federal government has continued to separate migrant children from their parents in the US
Mostly asylum seekers — families fleeing dangerous neighborhoods or life-threatening poverty and hoping to find sanctuary here in the U.S. Whether they receive that help is a matter for the immigration courts, but in the meantime, the government should not be treating them as criminals, and it certainly should not be abusing children psychologically by spiriting them away without a damned good and well-justified reason to do so.
Colleen A. Kraft, Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of the Medicine/University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles expressed her anguish over the plight of immigrants and said on borders, expert doctors are not there to deal with children in camps and only medical staff are there. She said it was painful that science was being pushed aside to deal with situations and the development during the raging pandemic speak volumes of such a pathetic thought process.
She is the 2018 Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her work includes the integration of behavioral health into primary care practice. Dr. Kraft received her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and her M.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her MBA from the University of Cincinnati. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University.
As President of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2018, Dr. Kraft is best known for her advocacy for the humane treatment of migrant children at the US-Mexico border.
Her explanation to the public regarding the harm to young children during the “Zero Tolerance” policy that included the separation of children from parents at the border help to mobilize advocates across the political spectrum to end this policy. She continues to advocate for basic child rights for children throughout the world.
Casey Revkin is a financial expert, mother, and dedicated supporter of migrant children. She served as California Director of Immigrant Families Together, a national rapid-response fund dedicated to reuniting immigrant families separated at the U.S./Mexico border was of the view that the problem must be addressed on human values parameters
Since June 2018, she has coordinated the release and payment of bonds of dozens of parents from the Adelanto Detention Center outside Los Angeles, providing them with food, clothing, shelter (in her own home or those of volunteers from across Los Angeles County), and transportation back to their families.
In a letter of support for a father separated from his 2-year-old child, Casey had written that she represented a community of individuals outraged by family separations who would be there to support this man and his family for the long term. Every day, Casey and her community continue to show up and prove that to be true.
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