The recent deportation problem is presenting unprecedented challenges for supporters. Supporters have backed the new deportation guidelines until the future political fallout that may possibly jeopardize the future of their political survival. The deportation problem is a replication of slavery techniques designed to divide rather than unite.

The first deportation strategy was to separate Africans from their families. Africans were taken from their homes, their fathers, their mothers, and their sisters and brothers. Enslaved Africans were only afforded the opportunity to establish meaningful relationships at the guidance of the slave owner. This is the same deportation problem that children face who are separated from their parents. The children will face health, sexual abuse, cultural, and anxiety challenges. 

Like slaves, from a health perspective, the social rejection is the equivalent of ostracism which undermines four fundamental human needs:

  1. The need to belong, the need for control in social situations
  2. The need to maintain high levels of self-esteem
  3. The need to have a sense of meaningful existence

The deportation problem results in the families suffering adverse psychological consequences such as loneliness, low self-esteem, aggression, and depression.

Another byproduct of the deportation problem is the possibility of sexual abuse. We find sexual abuse grounded in slavery in the form of the house bigger and the field bigger. This form of sexual abuse further divided the Africans who were enslaved by North and South Americans

Another byproduct of the deportation problem is the trafficking of children. Trafficking of children is a form of human trafficking and is defined as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, and/or receipt” of a child for the purpose of slavery, forced labor and exploitation. Child trafficking can result in the death or permanent injury of the trafficked child. This can stem from a dangerous “movement” stage of trafficking or from specific aspects of the “exploitation” stage, such as hazardous working conditions.

Moreover, trafficked children are often denied access to healthcare, effectively increasing their chances of serious injury and death. Trafficked children are also often subject to domestic violence; they may be beaten or starved in order to ensure obedience. In addition, these children frequently encounter substance abuse; they may be given drugs as “payment” or to ensure that they become addicted and thus dependent on their trafficker(s).

As opposed to many other forms of crime, the trauma experienced by children who are trafficked is often prolonged and repeated, leading to severe psychological impacts. UN.GIFT reports that trafficked children often suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other conditions.

The deportation problem is another form of modern day slavery endorsed by politicians and the silence of the media and American citizens. The financial support mechanisms of America will have to begin by first reuniting the parents with their children. Once they have been united, American money will become responsible for the mental health services and the well-being of each child and each affected family member. 

They will need to specifically respond to the separation anxiety of the family. Separation anxiety refers to excessive fear or anxiety about separation from home or an attachment figure. Children with separation anxiety disorder may cling to their parents excessively, refuse to go to sleep without being near a major attachment figure, be reluctant to attend camp or sleep at friends’ homes, or require someone to be with them when they go to another room in their house.

Children also commonly experience physical symptoms when separation is anticipated or occurs, such as headaches, nausea and vomiting. Adults with this disorder may be uncomfortable when traveling independently, experience nightmares about separating from attachment figures, or be overly concerned with their offspring or spouse and continuously check on their whereabouts. The deportation problem will have a long-term effect on the children and parents for which supporters and Americans will pay for dearly both financially and politically.

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Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
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