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More and more pediatricians are raising alarm bells regarding the serious and irreparable harm that the Trump family separation policy is having on children. From the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), pediatricians who serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics Immigrant Health Special Interest Group to the president emeritus of the Children’s Defense Fund, all agree Trump’s separation policy “shows contempt for this basic impulse of a parent to protect a child and fosters deep and lasting harm for children.”
On top of the harm to children and the fear and anguish of parents, the Trump Administration has provided no answers to basic questions from Members of Congress, federal judges, public defenders, and even federal prosecutors and DHS personnel who are tasked with applying this new policy. The officials who are directing all of these actors to implement this radical and controversial policy — Attorney General Jeff Sessions and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — have questions to answer. Instead, they seem to be hiding. For example:
Ur Jaddou, Director of DHS Watch, a new project of America’s Voice, said:
Children are being ripped from parents, parents are given little or no information on the care of their children, they have little or no way to keep in contact with them, and they have no idea whether they will be reunited with their kids. Yet, this Administration refuses to answer any questions, not even from Members of Congress. The public must know how their taxpayer money is being spent on this cruel and barbaric policy. This Administration must come clean, must open its doors and must be held accountable.