“I wish my body could tell the difference…”

I worked with reporter Tiziana Rinaldi on a story that took great courage on the part of the people who spoke with us.

Laura López, a 29-year-old DACA recipient in Provo, Utah, told me about what it’s like to panic. The physicality of it is striking.

Woman outside, with young boy piggy backing“I wish my body could tell the difference between border crossing danger and the feeling of the unknown, even if I’m just sitting at my desk,” she said.

If you’ve ever had an anxiety attack or a panic attack, you’ll understand this story very well. The consequences of long-term stress, in this case caused by long-term immigration status uncertainty, is real. Our immigration system puts a lot of people in this kind of limbo. And mental health experts say, it’s really hard to provide the kind of care these immigrants need.

Read on at PRI.org.

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