According to a report by Department of Homeland Security, about 2,000 kids were separated from their families after the initiation of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy.
This policy’s main aim is to punish people for illegally coming to the United States and if the adults bring children with them, then those children are taken away from their parents. The children are then taken into care facilities while their parents answer for their crimes in the court of law.
“Taking children away from their mothers is harmful to them,” Jack Shonkoff, who directs the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, told a news outlet. “There’s nothing complicated about that, and there’s incredibly strong science and a big chunk of common sense that both lead us to the same conclusions.”
The child can be scarred for life due to stressful and traumatic happenings, and when a young one is taken away from the parent it can result in a condition called toxic stress.
The general response by the human brain to stress is raised in heart rate, BP and several stress hormones. When such symptoms happen in a healthy environment, the result can be tolerable or even positive. However, when children aren’t getting the much-needed support they can increase the stress-related diseases.
Once captured, children at the US border are taken in a Border Patrol facility. This detaining of children can last up to 3 days before the children are taken in for a place to live.
This Trump administration’s policy has been criticized and experts of the physiological field have also signed a petition expressing concern over the policy.
“To pretend that separated children do not grow up with the shrapnel of this traumatic experience embedded in their minds is to disregard everything we know about child development, the brain, and trauma,” reads the petition.
This is a bipartisan issue but Democrats and Republicans disagree on the solution of this problem.