Separating Families at the Border is Child Abuse, 'Plain and Simple'
Updated: Nov 17, 2020
This article appeared in the Baltimore Sun on June 15, 2018. To read the full article, click here.
"Deliberately separating children from their families, as the Trump administration is doing in the name of stemming illegal immigration, may indeed turn out to be a “tough deterrent,” as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has described it. After all, the premise underlying this approach, however unnerving it may be, seems intuitively sound; that is, few parents would knowingly risk losing their sons or daughters if they could avoid doing so.
Adam Pertman contribution
“It is institutional child abuse and therefore traumatic by definition. So, no matter what its other consequences, it will almost certainly cause long-term harm to its youngest victims.”