Congressional Pop Psychologists Diagnose ICE-Induced Trauma

It’s hard to dispute the fact that the penalty for being in the United States illegally is deportation. It’s right there in the law. Even a congresswoman, or three, should have no trouble reading it (or assigning a staff member to read it for her).

Yet, three members of the House of Representatives and their combined staffs seemingly managed to miss that section of federal law as they pooled their collective brain power to pen an op-ed published in The Hill titled, “Harsh U.S. immigration policies are causing mental, social harm to American children.” Perhaps Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) missed that part of the law because they were immersed in their study of psychology, leading them to declare definitively that “our nation’s increasingly harsh immigration policies have harmed the mental and social well-being of millions of American children.” In other words, when parents knowingly violate the law and the legally prescribed penalty is imposed, it is a form of child abuse.

In the 767 words they used to describe our nation’s immigration laws, peppered with adjectives like “harsh,” “heart-breaking,” “unjust,” and “xenophobic” (somehow they missed “draconian”), the congresswomen attribute no responsibility to the people who broke the law. And, while the congresswomen-cum-psychologists, diagnosed an increase in tantrums, bed-wetting and academic under-achievement as symptoms of trauma-inducing immigration enforcement, they managed to avoid any mention of how the collective acts of millions of illegal aliens have affected other children.

In fact, the harmful effects of unchecked immigration on American children (and adults) are precisely why we have immigration laws in the first place. When a parent loses a job, or is shoved down the socio-economic ladder by illegal aliens flooding the labor market, those “unjust” circumstances can be “heart-breaking” and “harsh” on innocent family members. When the children of lower-income Americans find themselves trapped in classrooms where a large percentage of their schoolmates are not English proficient, and significant amounts of educational resources must be devoted to the needs of non-English-speaking kids, it results to academic under-achievement for vulnerable American kids.

Let’s be clear: People who support the very moderate levels of immigration enforcement being carried out by the Trump administration (after eight years of complete non-enforcement by the Obama administration) do not lack for compassion for the children of illegal aliens. When enforcement is carried against parents who violate laws – all laws – innocent family members are harmed. Innocent children suffer when parents are sentenced to prison. Children are harmed when the IRS seizes assets (and sometimes incarcerates) tax cheats. Likewise, children pay a price when ICE enforces just and necessary immigration laws.

The American people do not need Representatives Roybal-Allard, Napolitano, and Jayapal to tell us we should feel badly for the kids. We sincerely do. We need our government officials to tell lawbreakers that children are not human shields who will protect them from the consequences of their illegal acts and remind them that people who violate immigration laws, just like people who violate other laws, are responsible for the consequences of their decisions.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Those morons took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. Did they lie in their affirmation? Perhaps all present and future candidates for office should be required to take, AND pass with a minimum score of 85% (meaning average knowledge of) in order to even run for office.
    And those who don’t pass can be removed for cause. The “cause”? Ignorance/stupidity.
    And imprisoned for willful disobedience of that same document.

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      Edward the question is… add that question in the Greencard application…..Would you kill a fellow human being from changing his religion from being a Mualim to other…..the answer is yes…go back…that answer is no you are welcomed……

      So I read that form now and it has all the questions about Nazi but that…..

      So Perhaps politicians can take the starting point to bring this up….

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      What a great idea. I had to take tests to ascertain a certain level of knowledge in my chosen fields. If I didn’t pass, I could not even think of applying for those particular jobs. This is just common sense to me. You can hire someone that says he is an electrician or you can hire a union journeyman wireman electrician. The difference is a 5 year apprenticeship, a comprehensive exam, & graduation. I know who I would hire to insure that my home will not burn down. Whether it’s an exam or a certain amount of schooling in a given field, this is how the system works well. There, apparently, is no such standard for politicians.

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    This Sunday is the One Love Manchester concert in Britain. Ariana Grande will lead the concert with guest stars like Katy “no borders” Perry. The concert is fine in itself, but no doubt it will be the usual dog and pony show. Half will be all about how everyone has to love and respect one another and the other half will be all about “Islamophobia”. The media will be quick to quote some imam about how peaceful Islam is, but will ignore statements made daily by extremist imams all over Britain.

    The fact is Europe is destroying itself through political correctness, something predicted by Pat Buchanan in the 90s in a book called The Death of the West, for which he was severely criticized. But he was proven right. Most European politicians, and those here like Hillary, refuse to even acknowledge that Islamic terrorism exists. It’s all some big coincidence to them. And they tell you that you just have to accept it as a part of life. Funny how we lived so well so long without the blessings of Islam. People never thought about it when they went to some big event.

    The Brits attacked us for supposed “leaks” but that’s excuse making for their failures to take action. If you saw the pictures of the Manchester bomber you have to ask how did he get so close to that auditorium exit wearing what he had on. It’s the warm months and he has on some kind of padded vest that sticks way out in front of him like there is something underneath it, which there was. But hey, we don’t want to “profile” anyone. It’s better that 22 girls die than have a Muslim offended. Cowards.

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      Leland you say

      “Most European politicians, and those here like Hillary, refuse to even acknowledge that Islamic terrorism exists”
      Really how ignorant can you be?….. they are more educated than you are so they do no mix the innocent and the
      guilty….the fact you have extremists does not mean you condemn all!!….hahahahaha!!!

      “Funny how we lived so well so long without the blessings of Islam. People never thought about it when they went to some big event.”
      Really!!.. I do not think your mind lives in the US…….Oklahoma city……the 60s……slavery…….I can keep on going…..Corporations ruining our nature……Valdez spill, Golf of Mexico….Spill you are nuts!!!

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        You made me think about it…….Now stretch your mind and think a little bit…..Valdez still a problem……Golf of Mexico the same..leaking… different is this….or worse……? no nature left eventually so no life…?I do not see people complaining about it why…..because no education & awareness and vision in the future for the generations……..sorry did not mean to stretch your brains…..that never happens….

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          Then there is Hillary’s statement in 2015 that “Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism”. They are not peaceful. If they are not causing havoc in the western countries they are doing it in theirs. Maybe you missed the last few days when they killed 90 with a car bomb in Kabul and 20 some Christians on a bus in Egypt. They are not tolerant. Pew Research polls in large Muslim countries like Pakistan show majorities approve of the death penalty for leaving Islam. They bring those attitudes to the west. They have plenty to do with terrorism. Hardly “nothing whatsoever”. You can deflect all you want, it doesn’t change the facts. Britain has a fairly large number of immigrants from Eastern European countries like Poland. They aren’t blowing anyone up.

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            That is a given and I agree with you regarding the freedom of religion….but also in the Muslim community not all are crazy…..didn’t you watch Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia..

            The man did better than Hillary, he agreed to what’s cooking now? …