According to recent media reports, the Department of Homeland Security is currently considering a proposal that would separate children from parents who attempt to cross the U.S. border. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement in opposition to the proposal, an excerpt of which is below:
“Federal authorities must exercise caution to ensure that the emotional and physical stress children experience as they seek refuge in the United States is not exacerbated by the additional trauma of being separated from their siblings, parents or other relatives and caregivers. Proposals to separate children from their families as a tool of law enforcement to deter immigration are harsh and counterproductive. We urge policymakers to always be mindful that these are vulnerable, scared children.”
WI-AIMH stands with APP in opposition to the DHS proposal.
Read the full APP statement here.