Skip to main content

BREAKING: Jury finds former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd (Posted 04/20/21 at 3:58 p.m.)

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

San Diego Conference Spotlights The Separated Families You Often Don’t Hear About

Eduardo Bohorquez drives his family toward the San Ysidro port of entry in Ti...

Credit: Brandon Quester / inewsource

Above: Eduardo Bohorquez drives his family toward the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana on Sept. 9, 2017. The family visits their father on weekends because he is banned from entering the U.S.

GUEST: Mariela Shibley, psychologist

Subscribe to the Midday Edition podcast on iTunes, Google Play or your favorite podcatcher.


The Trump administration’s family separation practice led to heartbreaking scenes last summer of children who had been split up from parents along the U.S.-Mexico border.

But for years, those scenes have also been playing out for another largely overlooked group of separated families.

Mixed-status families, made up of both citizens and non-citizens, have also been separated after a family member gets detained or deported. That person is often a parent without legal status.

Nationwide there are more than 9 million children whose parents are undocumented immigrants. The constant threat of a parent’s detention and deportation can have a variety of effects on a child’s mental health.

That will be one of the topics discussed this week at a children’s mental health conference in San Diego.

Psychologist Mariela Shibley, who specializes in immigration issues and trauma, will be speaking at the conference and joins Midday Edition Thursday to share what she's learned about the effects of U.S. immigration policy on children.


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.