U.S.-born children of illegals report anxiety.

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U.S.-born children of illegal aliens experience elevated levels of anxiety and, if their parents were detained or deported, those children are more likely to report depressive symptoms, according to research from the University of Texas, Austin, and University of California, Davis.

Children whose parents have been detained or deported are more likely to report higher levels of depressive symptoms and emotional problems, such as negative mood, physical maladies, and negative self-esteem. They also report lower levels of freedom from anxiety and lower levels of happiness and satisfaction than their counterparts who are not directly affected by parental detention or deportation.

"In the current debate about immigration reform, we need to give more consideration to the impact of policies on the well-being of our young citizens," says Luis H. Zayas...

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