Statement for the Record on House Committee on Education and Labor's Hearing Highlighting Recent Immigration Policies' Impact on Children
Statement for the Record of Myra Jones-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE
On December 4th, 2019, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing highlighting the impact of recent immigration policies’ impact on children. As we continue to learn more about the emotional and physical toll of recent immigration policy changes, specifically as they pertain to young children, ZERO TO THREE is compelled to reiterate what decades of childhood trauma clearly spell out about its impacts on young children: Separating children from their family members or trusted adults, holding children in detention centers, stripping families’ of their rights to basic needs through the expansion of public charge, publicizing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, thus deliberately instilling fear in immigrant families and communities, and any other policy that deprives children – American or not – of the opportunity to thrive is not in the best interest of our society. The ramifications of such policies are persistent and could lead to lifelong harm.