Author Decries Immigration Policy Profiling Mentally Ill.

Andrew Solomon, the author of “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity,” wrote in a New York Times (12/8, Subscription Publication) op-ed that because of a section of US immigration law, some people – including a Canadian woman trying to take a cruise – have been prevented from entering the US because of their history of getting treatment for mental illness. Solomon finds this “regressive” and he says such border snares could keep people from getting appropriate mental healthcare. People with treatment pose fewer threats, he writes, urging President Obama “to speak out against” Section 212 of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act “to put to rest the idea that people with mental health conditions who pose no danger are unwelcome in our country.”

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— “Shameful Profiling of the Mentally Ill, “Andrew Solomon, The New York Times, December 13, 2013.

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