All people deserve the right to raise their children in a healthy and safe environment, but the administration’s immigration policies are tearing families apart
The Trump-Pence administration caused international backlash by forcibly separating roughly 3,000 immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The United Nations called it inhumane, physicians warned of extreme emotional harm, and thousands of people protested in "Keep Families Together" marches across the United States.
The administration nixed requirements that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers get trained on family-friendly tactics. It also quietly ended protections for immigrant children and their parents.Center for Investigative Reporting
A federal judge ordered the administration to quickly reunite immigrant children with their parents, but officials have been slow to act and missed several reunification deadlines.The Cut
Immigrant families seeking asylum are also being separated at the border — even though the administration denies doing so.New York Daily News
More than 250,000 doctors have urged the administration to end family separation policies.
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The family separation crisis is a public health issue
The American Medical Association warned that the administration’s policies could cause children extreme physical and emotional stress, resulting in trauma that could last a lifetime.
I did not even have a chance to comfort my son, because the officers slammed the door shut as soon as he was in his seat. I was crying too.”
An asylum seeker from Honduras, whose 18-month-old was taken at the Texas border
Latinos make up the majority of immigrants crossing at the U.S.-Mexico border. Research shows that current immigration policies are causing extreme psychological stress and anxiety for Latino parents, including those who are U.S.-born and documented.Latino USA
Staff at a Texas immigrant detention center violated child welfare laws by administering psychotropic drugs to dozens of children without a court order or parental consent.ColorLines