Trump administration's family separations at Mexico border are torture, doctors find
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Independent (One of the UK's leading newspapers)
Posted: March 16th, 2020
A new NGO report has found that the treatment suffered by families forcibly separated at the US-Mexico border meets the definition of torture. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) says its report provides the first medical and psychological evidence of the long-lasting harm associated with family separation. The report, You Will Never See Your Child Again: The Persistent Psychological Effects of Family Separation ... describes findings from in-depth psychological evaluations of 26 asylum seekers, nine of them children and 17 parents. All the children and all but two of the adults showed the symptoms of various psychological problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. The policy of separating children and parents who crossed the Mexican border without documents including asylum seekers began after the Trump administration moved to a zero-tolerance approach to border crossings. Donald Trump signed an executive order to end the practice in June 2018. However, the administration has continued to pursue hardline immigration policies since then, including ones that would affect families, and the separations continued after Trump signed his order. More than 1,110 families have been separated since then. In September 2019, a federal judge rejected new regulations that would have allowed the government to detain children and their parents indefinitely.
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