Experts say the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could have widespread health implications.
Former President Barack Obama in 2012 enacted the program, which provided some 800,000 undocumented immigrants legal protections. President Donald Trump’s administration announced Sept. 5 its intentions to end the program.
American Psychological Association President Antonio Puente told Newsweek the administration’s policy changes could lead to higher risks of depression, substance abuse and mental health issues.
“If the overall goal is the health and well-being of U.S. citizens, then displacing families and children is highly problematic,” Puente told Newsweek.
According to the Newsweek report, the program’s end “would be a health crisis for a population that is already largely underserved and marginalized.”