There are over 200 immigration detention centers in the United States. Many of these detention centers hold thousands of Undocumented Immigrants.
There has been many reports that say many of the undocumented immigrant detention facilites have horrible living conditions with many undocumented people saying that they have not taken a “shower in weeks.”
“Adults and children alike were fainting from dehydration and lack of food,” said Kimberly Martinez in a interview with The Guardian, a undocumented immigrant grant who stayed at a facility for some time. “It’s as though they wanted to drain every positive feeling out of us.”
With living conditions such as what’s described by Martinez, it’s important to think about the psychological and mental health issues that arise from these facilities. Especially those of the children that may stay at these facilities for months at a time.
According to 26 new studies done by BioMed Central (BMC) on the mental health of the asylum seekers in the facilites, have shown a significant rise in mental health, post-traumatic disorder, and anxiety issues.
This issues don’t only just stem from the facilities themselves but also the conditions in which a undocumented immigrant must live in when they successfully arrive in the United States.
“I’d gone from being this really gregarious, social, extroverted person to not being able to go to the grocery store when there were other people around because I felt like I was having a heart attack,” said Azul Uribe, a undocumented immigrant who lived in the United states for some time.
Many of these issues continue to rise as the current administration continues practices such as keeping families in detention centers.