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Tue Feb 25, 2020, 10:53 AM

Doctors Have a Name for Separating Kids from Their Parents at the Border: It's Torture.



Doctors Have a Name for Separating Kids from Their Parents at the Border: It's Torture.
Some parents even contemplated suicide.
by Emma Ockerman
Feb 25 2020, 6:26am


A 39-year-old Honduran mother had her 9-year-old child taken from her when she fled to the U.S. to seek asylum. It was three weeks before she was even able to speak to him, and though they were reunited two months later, she experienced depression and post-traumatic stress. She sometimes wondered whether she’d be better off dead.

Physicians for Human Rights has a name for what she endured. They say it’s torture.

The New York-based group of medical professionals conducted psychological evaluations for 17 adults and 9 children who had been separated at the border after seeking asylum. Their new report, released Tuesday, found that nearly all of them reported symptoms consistent with trauma and psychological harm from conditions they faced before and after they reached the U.S. Some said their children disappeared when the parents were in court or at a doctor’s appointment or had their kids ripped from their arms. Others said they weren’t given clear answers when asked where their kids had gone, and that they were mocked by immigration authorities. They reported poor conditions at the detention centers where they were held, without any idea of how their kids were doing.

“What was a gut-punch for me — as I was reading one report, and another, and another — was the depth of the trauma, the depth of the cruelty of the agents; how they talked to some of the clients, how they misled them, how they lied to them and told them they would never see their children again,” said Dr. Ranit Mishori, co-author of the report and senior medical advisor for Physicians for Human Rights.


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Johnny2X2X Feb 2020 #1
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 10:55 AM

1. Just sickening that this is being done in our name

They are irreparably harming innocent children. This will be a stain on our country for generations.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 11:16 AM

3. What goes around, comes around.

How will the children/grandchildren visit the Trump clan in Gitmo? Donald and his first three devil-spawn locked up after he leaves office in the least advantageous prison in this hemisphere.

That gets me thinking: The president is above the law, but what about his kids?

Calling Adam Schiff! Madame Speaker? I know you're out there.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 11:08 AM

2. Kick and recommend. At the end of the day

there is no more accurate picture of present day American values than this policy.
I thought for sure the Country would not stand for this program due to its abject cruelty and torture (as the article so clearly delineates).
I was completely and utterly wrong. Land of the free and home of the brave? I don’t see any bravery in the torture and incarceration of children yet millions see this as righteous.
As we grimly struggle against this foul tide, I hope we get back some vestiges of morality but as the song goes”I’m looking for Rex Roth’s daughter and I’m running out of breath.”

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