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Resolution on U.S. Treatment of Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers

June 22, 2019


In the past several years, a growing confluence of factors have created a mental health crisis among refugee, immigrant, and asylum-seeking populations who are in the United States or who are attempting to seek protection in this country. A rapidly increasing number of people around the world are being forcibly displaced by war, conflict, violence, and persecution (currently estimated at more than 68.5 million), resulting in spikes in migration from Central America, the Middle East, and Africa.

At the same time, the United States has become increasingly hostile to newcomer populations, with numerous changes in policies and practices under the Trump administration that have fostered fear, uncertainty, family separation, and mistreatment, and resulted in the dismantling of humanitarian protections.

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