Friday, June 22, 2018

Separating children from their parents is cruel...

...and invites potentially long-term psychological damage. On that point, Dr. LoCicero is correct. I have my doubts that those 27% or so of Americans who are perfectly okay with forcibly removing immigrant children from their parents (often refugees to begin with) would be persuaded by any data or any videos documenting the negative behavioral changes that occur when a child is separated from her or his parents for any significant length of time. We may want to accept the possibility that a significant proportion of that 27% simply get off on cruelty, especially when it is done to those they deem "other" or "less than". I'm more interested in reaching out to those who may have some vague awareness of what the US government's current "zero tolerance" policy is, but who may not quite understand the urgency.

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