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Trauma at the Border


A child traveling with a caravan of migrants from Central America looks on at a camp in Tijuana, Mexico, near the San Ysidro checkpoint in San Diego, after U.S. border authorities allowed the first small group of women and children entry from Mexico. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)
May 30

Reports of mistreatment of migrant children at the U.S. border have been all over the news recently. Hashtags and social media mobilization have brought remarkable attention to children seeking U.S. protection from persecution in their home countries. But the coverage has drummed up its share of confusion, despite multiplying “explainers” — here are some from The Washington Post, the New York Times and Mother Jones. The situation remains complicated, messy and often misunderstood. Let’s sort it out:

Yes, it’s new that children are separated from their parents upon entry into the U.S.

The most important of the recent stories is the separation of children from their parents at the border. This is a new policy of the Trump administration and, notwithstanding the president’s tweet about it over the weekend, no law compels it.

Trauma at the Border

Imprisoning migrant children is government-sanctioned child abuse. In our latest video, Trauma at the Border, pediatricians reveal the long-term emotional, psychological and physical damage that can be done when children are imprisoned. Take action now! Families belong together – not in cages. Find a march near you at familiesbelongtogether.org

Posted by Brave New Films on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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