Public Health Effects of Separating Families

Separating children from their parents, as we’re seeing at the US/Mexico border, leads to serious, long-term consequences, Paul Spiegel of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health explained in a C-SPAN interview yesterday.

The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” approach of forcibly separating kids intensifies their trauma, and may have long-term medical effects as well, he said—and should be avoided except in rare cases of abuse by parents or guardians. 

“We need to be able to protect children, and we can do that while ensuring the rules in terms of immigration are followed,” he said.

Washington Journal/C-SPAN

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