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The Line: Future Of DACA


Photo by Kevin Maestas

September 8, 2017 – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that the Trump administration is ending the DACA program, which began during the Obama administration. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allowed some young people, who were brought to the U.S. without documentation as children, to apply for work permits and receive temporary protection from deportation. Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists discuss the announcement and what it means for New Mexicans.

Line Panelists:
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science Department
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

Behavioral Health In New Mexico: Meeting The Needs Of Immigrants & Refugees

NMiF: Mental Health

June 9, 2017 - In our second part of our series on mental health in New Mexico, we look at the unique challenges faced by immigrants and refugees. Many have experienced trauma and separation before adjusting to a new country and often a new language. They can feel isolated or afraid. Some may be undocumented and lack insurance and they may fear that seeking out getting services will put them at risk of being identified by federal authorities. Even if refugees and immigrants have have health coverage, there may be cultural or language barriers with providers. Correspondent Megan Kamerick speaks with advocates and those who work with immigrants and refugees this week about gaps in mental health services and how access to care might be improved in New Mexico.

Bill Wagner, director, Centro Sávila
Kay Bounkeua, executive director, New Mexico Asian Family Center
Jessica Goodkind, project director, Refugee Well-Being Project
Eric Ndaheba, refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line - 855-662-7474
Mental Health Service Use Among Immigrants In the U.S. - National Institutes of Health
Common Mental Health Problems In Immigrants and Refugees - Canadian Medical Association Journal
Refugees Struggle With Mental Health Problems Caused By War And Upheaval - Scientific American
Refugees And Health: These People Are Stronger Than Us - The Guardian
Children of Undocumented Immigrants Face Mental Health Crisis - Diversity Inc