By Rick Oltman, November 2, 2017
A new study has just been released by Rice University, and we know the direction it is going to take by the title: “Mental Disorders among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants in High-Risk Neighborhoods: Prevalence, Comorbidity and Vulnerabilities.”
In the article reporting on the study, Immigrants living in the country without authorization at risk for depression, we learn about, “… the prevalence of mental disorders and substance use among Mexican immigrants residing near the California-Mexico border without legal authorization.”
That is groundbreaking. In an era where illegal immigration, immigration enforcement, and border security are finally being discussed at the highest levels of government, we have a new description of illegal aliens from Mexico, “Immigrants living in the country without authorization.”
The researchers found that, “… 23 percent of the study’s nearly 250 adult participants met criteria for having a mental disorder. Most prevalent were major depressive disorder (14 percent of study participants), panic disorder (8 percent) and generalized anxiety disorder (7 percent).”
Because, “… the daily stressors of these individuals, including stigma, language barriers, fear of deportation, family separation and discrimination … ″ are associated with the mental disorders.
And, “… the findings have important public health and clinical implications, including the need for the development and provision of contextually and culturally sensitive interventions.”
“Contextually and culturally sensitive interventions.” Wonderful.
And, of course, it needs more study (and money), “Additional research and funding are needed to document the devastating effects of the current socio-political context on the mental health of immigrants living in the U.S. without documentation, which is needed to inform advocacy, policy, and intervention efforts.”
Read all of this to mean that any attempt to enforce our immigration laws, deport illegal aliens or secure our border will be opposed as creating public health problems with “un-official Americans.”
Here are some suggested cures that won’t cost much. I doubt they fit the description, “Contextually and culturally sensitive interventions,” however.
Suggested cures regarding:
“Stigma.” Don’t enter America illegally. You won’t be stigmatized as an illegal alien.
“Language barriers.” Learn to speak English. It is the international language and, if you are a legal immigrant, it is the language of our economy. The fact that the average length of time in our country illegally for a majority of those studied was ten years, and these people still have a problem speaking English, says a lot about a lot of things.
“Fears of Deportation.” Leave. Better yet, don’t illegally enter our country.
“Family Separation.” A) Don’t leave your family to illegally enter our country. B) Take your family back with you to your nation of origin, where you can all be together.
“Discrimination.” Discrimination exists everywhere in the world for almost everybody. If you’re being discriminated against because of your illegal immigration status, self-deportation cures that.
Now that these cures have been prescribed, the intelligentsia need not spend any more taxpayer dollars on studying the “disorder.” And we can use that saved money to fund enforcement efforts.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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