Social work professor talks psyche of immigrant children
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A professor in Social Work at the University of Texas at El Paso, who has interviewed some of the unaccompanied Central American children who've crossed the U.S. border, is speaking to NewsChannel 9 about the state of their psyches.
Dr. Mark Lusk says while some of the 50,000+ children have faced trauma during the trip here, they won't be significantly impacted while they're in the United States.
"They're very resilient. And they're looking forward to being in the United States, even though many of them will be deported, because they see a hope here and they see a future," said Lusk. "If they are deported back, that is where the real trauma is going to restart."
Lusk says the only harm foreseeable for these children while here is if they're villain-ized by the community.