John F. Kelly

Separating families at border is child abuse, 'plain and simple'

Separating families at border is child abuse, 'plain and simple'

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.

A significant number of the adult targets of this punitive policy will continue taking the risk, of course, based on the belief that they and their children will face even more-dire repercussions if they remain in their home countries....

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